In Tasmania, flares must be carried in Sheltered and Coastal Waters
Flare have a maximum service life of three years.
What to do with old flares?
Marine and Safety Tasmania has arranged a number of collection points at Council Waste Management Centres. For Glamorgan Spring Bay municipality the collection point is at the Orford WMC. Check the Council website for opening hours.
Expired EPIRB's are still capable of sending a distress signal that will prompt an emergency response including tasking a Search and Rescue aircraft from Melbourne . If you have an old, expired EPIRB get in touch and we'll dismantle it and responsibly dispose of the components.
PLEASE DON'T DISPOSE OF YOUR EXPIRED EPIRB IN HOUSEHOLD RUBBISH.
What about old EPIRB's?
Yes, we'll still take your old EPIRB. We'll disable it, dismantle it and recycle the parts. We'll also let the Australian Maritime Safety Authority know its be taken out of service. Please don't dispose of your beacon in your household rubbish. Old EPIRB's are regularly activated in rubbish tips. As a first response AMSA will send a Search and Rescue aircraft from Melbourne to pinpoint the location, then local resources will be deployed to dig through the tip until they find the EPIRB to deactivate the signal.