Whether you’ve just used and emptied a fire extinguisher, or if it’s coming up to its expiry date, it’s important to think about how you’re going to dispose of it. Firstly, never get rid of a fire extinguisher by just throwing it away. The pressurised container is potentially dangerous if crushed. In some regions, local authorities and privately owned recycling centres will accept fire extinguishers. Depending on the extinguisher type, as each extinguisher contains different substances and the chemicals used can be harmful if dumped.