A flare disposal program is being run by the Roads and Maritime Services.
A flare disposal program is being run by the Roads and Maritime Services. NSW Maritime

Dispose of expired flares at Evans Head mobile collection

BOATERS will be able to dispose of expired flares at a mobile collection at the Evans Head boat ramp on Monday, January 10, from 6am-9am.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the flare collection program allowed flares to be disposed of safely and conveniently.

"This important initiative allows boaters to dispose of old flares responsibly and promotes a culture of safer boating," the spokesperson said.

"Marine flares can signal someone is in trouble and help provide a location for aircraft or vessels engaged in a search and rescue.

"Generally, a minimum of two red hand flares and two orange smoke flares are required on all vessels operating in open waters.

"Most flares have a use-by date of three years and must be replaced before the expiry date.

"Penalties apply for not carrying current flares on a vessel so it is vital boat owners regularly check and replace flares."

The Old4New lifejackets van will also be at the Evans Head boat ramp on Monday.

Boaters will be able to trade-in their old lifejackets for a more modern, slim-fitting model.

For more information on flare disposal options visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime.



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