Marine Flares

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.

The next round of collections in the Newcastle local government area will likely be advertised in the second half of 2024.

Please check the NSW Government's collection site search for updates and for collection dates at boat ramps in other local government areas.