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Flares

How to dispose of flares.

A marine flare gun and 5 flares.

Flares are potentially lethal and cannot be disposed of at home or at our recycling centres.

  • What you must do

    • As the holder of a flare, you have a duty of care to ensure that you dispose of them safely and legally.
    • Out-of-date or damaged flares can be extremely dangerous. You must bring them ashore as soon as possible for safe disposal. 
  • You could contact...

    • the place you bought the flare from - they may operate a 'take back' scheme.
    • marinas - a charge may apply.
    • life raft service stations.
    • HM Coastguard, as a last resort. A discretionary service may be available.
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