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Got Flares? Expired Marine Flare Disposal Day on Saturday, April 13

If you’re a boater with expired or used marine flares lying around, please don’t toss them in the trash or ocean. Dispose of marine flares properly with the help of the Maine Fire Marshal and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Expired Marine Flare Disposal Day, Saturday, April 13, 2024

Expired Marine Flare Disposal Day
Saturday, April 13
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At three Hamilton Marine stores: Portland, Rockland and Searsport

Commercial and recreational boat owners are aware of the safety requirement to have visual distress signals on their boats. Most often, pyrotechnic marine flares are used to meet this need. But marine flares must be replaced with new ones 42 months after the date of manufacture. Unfortunately, disposing of expired flares is challenging.

Pyrotechnic flares contain perchlorates, chemicals that can quickly dissolve and contaminate ground and surface water. They are known to cause reproductive problems and the EPA considers them a carcinogen. Because they are a hazardous waste, flares cannot be disposed of in household garbage. Fortunately, Maine has authorized the State Fire Marshal to collect flares and dispose of them properly.

On Saturday, April 13, the Maine State Fire Marshal and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are hosting a disposal day in partnership with Hamilton Marine. You can drop off your expired flares at three locations:

In the parking lot, look for Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel, who will assist you.


You can also dispose of used and expired marine flares at Chase, Leavitt & Co. and Landing Boat Supply using their year-round flares dropbox, to be picked up by the Maine Fire Marshal. They will also be holding a week-long Open House with water safety demonstrations, a food truck, music, and more during the week of April 8-13Chase, Leavitt & Co is located at 84 Cove St Portland, ME.