Boaters urged to safely dispose of expired flares, June 13

Montreal Gazette

This weekend, area boaters can safely dispose of flares, which were manufactured in 2011 or before and are now set to expire.

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons — Espadrilles canadiennes de plaisance (CPS-ECP) St. Lawrence District with the support of Transport Canada and CIL/Orion Explosives will host a one-day flare disposal day, Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to dispose of expired safety flares can do so at L’Entrepôt Marine, 379 Harwood Blvd. in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

In accordance with Transport Canada requirements, flares are approved for four years from the date of manufacture. Typically, this means that boaters need to replace their flares every third or fourth boating season.

However, disposing of flares safely and in an environmentally responsible way has long been a dilemma for boaters, said John Gullick of the CPS-ECP.

“You can’t light them, throw them in the water or in your household garbage to…

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