HM Coastguard no longer provides a routine service for the safe disposal of out of date flares. Other possible options are listed below:
- Check with your flare supplier-they will often be prepared to take them back.
- A local liferaft service agent should be able to help, as they dispose of flares on a regular basis.
- Check with your local port or marina as they may have disposal arrangements.
You must NOT dump flares in:
- Household rubbish
- Garden waste
- Public litter bins
It is an offence to dump flares at sea
The Maritime Coastguard agency offers a last resort disposal service for the public at a limited number of locations. Visit the MCA website to download the current list of sites