The expired flares collection program provides the boating community with an opportunity to safely dispose of their out of date flares.
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The mobile collection program visits sites across the state from Tweed Heads to Eden during peak boating season. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, our 2021-22 collections will start in January 2022. The schedule will include collections in January, April and June.
What to do with expired flares
Most flares have a use-by date of 3 years and they must be replaced before the expiry date. Flares contain explosive matter which makes safe and legal disposal difficult.
Flare collection is no longer available at service centres or maritime sites. It will commence again in January 2022.
You can use the below search tool to find your nearest collection.
Setting off marine flares
Flares signal that you are in trouble and provide an exact location for searching aircraft or vessels. It is an offence to set off flares except in an emergency.