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The Springfield Fire Department has received a $2,500 grant from the Ozarks Headwaters Recycling and Materials Management District to start a recycling program for used smoke alarms as they are replaced through the department's free community smoke alarm program. At this time, only smoke alarms replaced by the Springfield Fire Department will be eligible for this program.

"The goal with this program, through our partnership with Ozarks Headwaters and the City of Springfield's Department of Environmental Services, is to keep an estimated 500-plus pounds of smoke alarms out of the landfill," said Jeff Prior, interim division chief for the Fire Department's Community Risk Reduction division. "Certain smoke alarms contain trace amounts of radioactive material, this grant provides for their proper disposal."

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To request a free smoke alarm please call 417-874-2300 or visit springfieldmo.gov/fire. For more information on recycling in the City of Springfield, please visit springfieldmo.gov/recycling.

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Media only: For more information or to arrange an interview, call the Fire Department's media line at 417-874-2301.

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