Expired flare disposal

Roads and Maritime has launched a program to help boaters dispose of expired flares, with mobile collections set up along the NSW coastline.

Examples of hand-held flares and parachute-rockets (marine pyrotechnics) commonly returned for disposal at nominated Expired Flares collection sites

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime has successfully concluded a program to collect expired flares during the January 2017 holiday season.

From 35 boat ramp sites along the NSW coast between Ballina and Eden 12,125 expired flares were handed in by the boating public for disposal.

During the months ahead the next expired flares collection program will be planned, and based on feedback from boaters who attended the collection sites, the program will in the coming season also be deployed to collection sites near popular inland waterways.

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 and can spot your flare.

Most flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date. Penalties apply. More information about flares.

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