Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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Flares - Marine

This item is hazardous and requires proper disposal.

Single-use marine flares need to be replaced every 42 months, are pyrotechnic, and are classified as explosives. Residents should contact their Household Hazardous Waste Facility about marine flares (hand-held, aerial, and smoke) & signal kit collection events for recreational boaters or look at CPSC's @MarineFlareSwitch campaign for events. For military type, damaged, decayed, very old, or very large items also contact the staff at your HHW Facility directly before bringing it in.

Alameda County Recreational Boater Info here. East & West Contra Costa, and San Mateo County boaters can get a discount on USCG safe flares here.

Boat Waste resources: Boating Clean & Green, Pumpout Nav App, SF Bay Clean Boating Map, Bilge Care & Preventing Oil Spills


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