Disposal of expired pyrotechnics
From 1 April 2010, if you want to hand over time-expired pyrotechnics, like distress flares, for safe disposal you must contact your nearest centre to make an appointment.
The nearest designated place to Poole Lifeboat Station where members of the public can take out-of-date pyrotechnics is:
RNLI Security Gatehouse
Corner of West Quay Road and Slip Way
Telephone: 01202 336336
Open: Monday–Sunday; 1000–1130 and 1400–1600
Please note they only accept pyrotechnics from recreational water users and disposal is by appointment only so please phone in advance.
When you phone, please be ready to give details of the type, quantity, age and condition of your time-expired pyrotechnics.
If you do not live near Poole, there are a number of Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCC) around the country that will accept expired flares.
Please click here to find your local centre.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is no longer collecting out-of-date flares at Coastguard stations.
Photo credit: Martin Wale, RNLI
It is an offence to dispose of flares at sea or in the general refuse, or to let flares off in a non-distress situation.