Originally Posted by C-NUMB
Over here boating clubs arranges training and "live" disposal of old flares, you can bring Your old own ones(max 7 years from manufacturing date due to safety reasons).
I'm sure I was at something like that ye-e-e-e-ears ago. I'm failry sure there was someone in the bowling / football / whatever club it was door (it was well inland) pretty much pemanently on the phone to (I assume) the CG / Mountain rescue / wherever literally saying "launching red - now...... launching white - now" etc. Memory says you could only fire if you got a wave from the guy with the phone in his hand or something. (it was before mobiles were commonplace!)
I remember it well as it is the only time (and hopefully will continue to be so unless another similar event is organised*) I have set off a rocket flare. I got a white one in a fetching green launch tube.
Re. all the electronics so flares not needed comments - A flare can be seen by everyone - even the landlubber ashore whose idea of VHF is what you listen to Radio 2 on but still sees it - when your elctric bilge pump has failed due to the same flat battery that has just rendered your VHF useless.... type thing.
I do agree we need a better disposal route.
But realistically what are the chances of that with all the Health & Safety these days? "come along & pop your time expired rocket propelled incendiaries"...... I seriously doubt it!