Safely dispose of your expired flares

Flares typically have a lifespan of three years from date of manufacture, but it can be hard to find a location to get rid of them.

To improve boater safety and compliance with equipment requirements, WorkSafe and Maritime Safety Victoria will run collection points throughout the year.

You don't need to register to attend these events, just pop by to drop off your old flares and pick up some boating safety tips.

FlareSafe events

The events will be subject to relevant COVID-19 rules.



Portland Harbour Lee Breakwater Rd North Boat Ramp, Portland

Saturday 7 May, 8am to 10am

Port Fairy

Griffiths St Boat Ramp, Port Fairy

Saturday 7 May, 11.30am to 1.30pm


Lady Bay Boat Ramp,  Warrnambool

Saturday 7 May, 2pm to 4pm

Stay up to date: Follow Maritime Safety Victoria on Facebook

If you can't make one of these pilot events, contact your local police station to see if they will accept your expired flares. Learn more about flares.

Man on boat holds up lit flare

Was this page helpful?

Thank you, your feedback is valuable to us.