What do you do with a fire extinguisher when you’re done with it? Find out everything you need to know about fire extinguisher disposal with Jim’s Fire Safety. 

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What do you do with used fire extinguishers? 

Did you know that you can keep using an extinguisher if it is still in good condition? 

You can use your device over and over again after pressure tests and refills. All you need is organise a fire extinguisher check from Jim’s Fire Safety. 

If you’re not sure whether your extinguisher is ready for disposal, simply contact our team. We will send a professional technician to inspect your cylinder to make sure it is safe to use. If they decide it is safe, the technician can refill it and you can reuse your extinguisher. 

If you can see signs of obvious damage and you are sure your extinguisher can’t be salvaged, there are some fire extinguisher disposal options you can choose from depending on the type of extinguisher. 


Your empty fire extinguishers can be recycled. 

Before you drop it off at a recycling facility, make sure that is completely empty. After that, you’re ready to go. Don’t try and crush it or flatten it – it’s fine as it is. 

You can recycle your extinguisher at transfer stations. Don’t put it in your normal recycling bin because it is classified as hazardous waste. You can find an appropriate station on EnviroWaste. 


Fire extinguisher disposal is necessary if you have a yellow or halon fire extinguisher. These types of fire extinguishers are illegal and can have damaging environmental effects when used. 

To get rid of these fire extinguishers, go to your local fire station or return them to your supplier. 

How to Dispose of Fire Extinguisher Powder 

If you have left over residue after using a fire extinguisher, you need to clean up the area to avoid inhalation and damage to your property. 

If you used a dry powder fire extinguisher, follow these steps: 

  • Vacuum the loose residue 
  • Clean the area with soap and water 
  • Dispose of the powder in a plastic bag in the bin

Most extinguishing agents aren’t harmful and can be handled by anyone who wants to clean them up. If you aren’t sure about how to dispose of residue, contact your local fire station for more advice. 

Need a new fire extinguisher? 

After you’ve completed your fire extinguisher disposal, you need to replace your device. 

If you own or operate a business, you are required to provide your staff with functional fire protection equipment. 

At Jim’s Fire Safety we can supply, install, refill, and inspect fire extinguishers. Call us now to replace your old fire extinguisher and make sure your business is safe. 

All of our work in carried out in accordance with the current New Zealand safety standards. We carry out fire extinguisher maintenance according to the NZS 4503:2005 standard for Hand Operated Fire-Fighting Equipment.

You can contact us via phone or fill in the online form for a free quote. 

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