Expired marine flare disposal

Expired marine flare disposal

NSW Roads and Maritime maintains a program to help boaters dispose of expired marine flares, with mobile collections set up across NSW.

The Expired Marine Flares Collection Program for the 2019-20 boating season starts this month (November) and continues through to January 2020.

To view an interactive map of collection points and a table of dates and collection locations, visit https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/safety-equipment/flare-disposal.html or call or call 13 12 36

Flares signal that you are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels. Only ignite them when rescuers are in view. It is an offence to set off flares except in an emergency.

Most flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date. Flares contain explosive matter which makes safe and legal disposal difficult. This collection program provides the boating community with an opportunity to safely dispose of their out-of-date flares.