What to do with Out-of-Date or Damaged Flares

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Pyrotechnic flares are used to signal distress at sea and help pinpoint a boat’s location. You need to check flares regularly to make sure they are in good condition and dispose of out-of-date or damaged flares safely. Find out how to arrange safe disposal of your flares.

The rules for safe disposal of flares

Out-of-date or damaged flares can be extremely dangerous. Flares can kill so it’s important to bring them ashore as soon as possible to be disposed of safely.

  • It’s against the law to use flares in a non-emergency situation or dump them at sea.
  • Never: put flares in carrier bags or drop them in general household rubbish or public litter bins
  • dump them anywhere where members of the public could come across them

The following locations accept expired flares:

  • AREA H – BOW HORN BAY FIRE DEPARTMENT
    220 Lions Way, Qualicum Beach
    Ph. 250-757-9433
    Drop off: Mon. 10 am – 4 pm or 7 pm – 9 pm
    No cost: Must be an area resident (no large quantities)
  • PARKER MARINE
    1920 E. Wellington Road, Nanaimo
    Phone: 250-741-1618
    Drop off: 8:30 am – 5 pm, Mon. – Fri.
    Cost: Types B & C, $2.00
    or Types A & D, $6.00
  • THE HARBOUR CHANDLER
    52 Esplanade, Nanaimo
    Ph: 250-753-2425
    Drop off: 9 pm – 5 pm, Mon. – Sat.
    Sun. 10 am – 4 pm
    No cost – Accept only CIL/CIL Orion
  • GABRIOL A FIRE DEPARTMENT
    760 North Road, Gabriola Island
    Ph. 250-247-9677
    Drop off: Tues. – Fri., 9 am – 4 pm, call first
    No cost
  • ERRINGT ON FIRE DEPARTMENT
    960 Errington Road, Errington
    Ph. 250-248-5601
    Drop off: Call for times
    No cost
  • RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit
    Pacific Blasting yard
    3183 Norland Avenue, Burnaby.
    PH 604-205-6890 or 604-209-7954
    $2 (Types B&C) or $6 (Types A&D)
  • Ellice Recycling
    524 David Street
    Victoria, BC
    Drop off: 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday and 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Saturdays
    $1 per flare gun shell, $4 per handheld flare, $9 per rocket flare, parachute flare or smoke flare
    (250) 383-4342
  • West Vancouver Yacht Club
    5854 Marine Drive
    West Vancouver, BC
    (604) 921-7575