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

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.

Information about expired flares collection points

For locations of collection points, times and dates in your local area - please refer to our interactive map or table below.

Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie and Tamworth

Kennedy Drive Boat Ramp, Tweed HeadsSaturday 31 March 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Fishery Creek Boat Ramp, BallinaSunday 1 April 20188am - 12pm
Evans Head Boat Ramp, Evans HeadSunday 1 April 20182pm - 6pm
Spenser St Boat Ramp, IlukaMonday 2 April 20188am - 12pm
Yamba Road Boat Ramp, YambaMonday 2 April 20182pm - 6pm
Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp, Coffs HarbourFriday 6 April 2018
Saturday 7 April 2018
2pm - 6pm
8am - 12pm
Stuart Island Boat Ramp, Nambucca HeadsSaturday 7 April 20182pm - 6pm
Mattys Flat Boat Ramp, South West RocksSunday 8 April 20188am - 12pm
Westport Boat Ramp, Port MacquarieSunday 8 April 20182pm - 6pm
Tamworth Regional Playground, TamworthThursday 12 April 20183pm - 7pm

Taree to Woy Woy

Queen Elizabeth Park, TareeFriday 13 April 20182pm - 6pm
Crowdy Head Boat Ramp, Crowdy HeadSaturday 14 April 20188am - 12pm
Forster Boat Ramp, ForsterSaturday 14 April 20182pm - 6pm
Soldiers Point Marina Boat Ramp, Soldiers PointSunday 15 April 20188am - 12pm
Little Beach Boat Ramp, Little BeachSunday 15 April 20182pm - 6pm
Stockton North Boat Ramp, StocktonFriday 20 April 20182pm - 6pm
Swansea Boat Ramp, SwanseaSaturday 21 April 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Carrington Boat Ramp, CarringtonSunday 22 April 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Norah Head Boat Ramp, Norah HeadFriday 27 April 20182pm - 6pm
Terrigal Haven Boat Ramp, TerrigalSaturday 28 April 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Gosford Boat Ramp, GosfordSunday 29 April 20188am - 12pm
Lions Park Boat Ramp, Woy WoySunday 29 April 20182pm - 6pm

Greater Sydney Region

Swallow Rock Boat Ramp, Grays PointFriday 27 April 20182pm - 6pm
Rose Bay Boat Ramp, Rose BaySaturday 28 April 20188am - 12pm
Kyeemagh Boat Ramp, KyeemaghSaturday 28 April 20182pm - 6pm
Drummoyne Boat Ramp, DrummoyneSunday 29 April 20188am - 12pm
Tench Reserve Boat Ramp, PenrithSunday 29 April 20182pm - 6pm
Wonga Road Boat Ramp, Yowie BayFriday 4 May 20182pm - 6pm
Ermington Boat Ramp, ErmingtonFriday 4 May 20182pm - 6pm
Rose Bay Boat Ramp, Rose BaySaturday 5 May 20188am - 12pm
Foreshore Road Boat Ramp, BanksmeadowSaturday 5 May 20188am - 12pm
Roads and Maritime Services, RozelleSaturday 5 May 20182pm - 6pm
Hawkesbury Reserve Boat Ramp, Sylvania WatersSaturday 5 May 20182pm - 6pm
Bayview Boat Ramp, BayviewSunday 6 May 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Tunks Park Boat Ramp, CammeraySunday 6 May 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm

Ulladulla to Bellambi

Marine Rescue NSW base, UlladullaFriday 13 April 2018
Saturday 14 April 2018
2pm - 6pm
8am - 12pm
Lions Park, Sussex InletSatuday 14 April 20182pm - 6pm
Wollamia Boat Ramp, WoolamiaSunday 15 April 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Greenwell Point Boat Ramp, Greenwell PointFriday 20 April 2018
Saturday 21 April 2018
2pm - 6pm
8am - 12pm
Kiama Harbour Boat Ramp, KiamaSaturday 21 April 20182pm - 6pm
Port Kembla Boat Ramp, Port KemblaSunday 22 April 20188am - 12pm
Bellambi Boat Ramp, BellambiSunday 22 April 20182pm - 6pm

Far South Coast and inland

Quarantine Bay Boat Ramp, EdenSatuday 31 March 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Merimbula Boat Ramp, MerimbulaSunday 1 April 20188am - 12pm
Kianinny Bay Boat Ramp, TathraSunday 1 April 20182pm - 6pm
Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp, BermaguiMonday 2 April 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
QEII Square, AlburyWednesday 4 April 20183pm - 7pm
Apex Park Boat Ramp, Wagga WaggaThursday 5 April 20183pm - 7pm
Apex Park Boat Ramp, Centenary Drive, NaroomaFriday 6 April 20182pm - 6pm
Hanging Rock Boat Ramp, Batemans BaySunday 8 April 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
Preddys Wharf, South Head Drive, MoruyaSaturday 7 April 20188am - 12pm
2pm - 6pm
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