22 December 2016 Boat Safety and Expired Flare Disposal

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22 December 2016 Boat Safety and Expired Flare Disposal

With summer here it is a great time to make sure that your boat is ready to go, including checking whether or not your flares are expired.

 

Disposal of marine flares can be difficult as they are unable to be placed in household bins or taken to local landfills or transfer stations. Flares placed into your bin can explode, causing risk to the public and waste collection truck drivers and operators.

 

To help local boaters dispose of marine flares, Roads and Maritime have launched a mobile collection program along the NSW coastline.

 

Collections will be undertaken at:

·         Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp, Coffs Harbour (near the Deep Sea Fishing Club) – Saturday 7 January 2017 between 2pm and 5pm

·         Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp, Coffs Harbour (near the Deep Sea Fishing Club) – Sunday 8 January 2017 between 8am and 11am

·         Nambucca Heads Boat Ramp, Nambucca Heads (behind the RSL) – Monday 9 January 2017 between 8am and 11am

 

Please be aware that it is illegal to set off flares except in an emergency.

 

Further information on the collection schedule or marine regulations can be found at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/safety-equipment/flare-disposal.html