Flares (marine) | Medway Council
How to recycle

We do not accept flares (marine) through any of the waste disposal services we offer due to the hazardous and dangerous nature of the material. You should:

  • Check with the place you bought them from as they may offer a ‘take back’ service
  • Check with your local marina who may offer a disposal service
  • Check with your local life raft service station as some offer a service

As a last resort you can contact the coast guard who offer a discretionary service at their licensed sites.

Do not:

  • take marine flares to a recycling centre
  • dispose of marine flares with your household waste

It is an offence to:

  • fire flares on land or in a harbour
  • fire flares at sea for testing, practice or as fireworks
  • dump pyrotechnics at sea

Damaged or out of date flares should never be used. They should be disposed of safely as soon as possible.