Disposal of Flares - 22 May 2013

Recently at the flares amnesty at Eastbourne a great number of expired flares were handed over.
Below details the new system for the disposal of out of date/unwanted flares, also known as time expired pyrotechnics (TEP's) (advice from HM Coastguard)
Flares are ultimately explosives, therefore once they are past their useful lifespan it is essential that they are disposed of carefully. It is illegal to put flares in the general rubbish or to fire them, unless there is an emergency.
Sussex Police DO NOT accept or dispose of flares on behalf of the public.
Members of the public, in the first instance, should contact the place where the flares were purchased, to see if they are able to be returned or they can contact their local hazardous waste disposal company to see if they will accept the flares. Some local councils also offer a disposal service.
If the above is not viable, members of the public must contact their nearest HM Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to make an appointment and be prepared to attend the centre, at the agreed time, for safe disposal (contact details and locations are on the below link).
HM Coastguard only accept flares from recreational water users.
Further information on safe disposal of flares see 

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