Most marine flares have a use-by date of three years and must be replaced before their expiry date.
Because flares contain explosive matter, it's important that you dispose of them safely and legally.
The NSW Government runs a free mobile collection program for expired flares during peak boating season, with temporary collection points set up at boat ramps. Upcoming events in Newcastle are listed below.
- Stockton North Boat Ramp (Fullerton Street): Wednesday 12 April, 3.30pm—5.30pm
- Carrington Boat Ramp (Pat Jordon Oval, Tully Street): Thursday 13 April, 7.30am—10.30am
Please check the NSW Government's collection site search to confirm current details before attending an event, and for collection dates at boat ramps in other local government areas.