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San Francisco Boaters: Register Now to Drop Off Your Expired Flares This Sunday at Collection Event at East Marina Green Triangle

SF Environmental pilot event helps address proper disposal of marine flares

What to do with old marine flares? Register now to bring them to a special collection event on Sunday, April 14, in the Marina District at East Marina Green Triangle.
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2019 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging San Francisco boaters to take advantage of a marine flare collection event to be held this Sunday, April 14, at East Marina Green Triangle in the Marina District of San Francisco. To drop off old, damaged, or expired hand-held flares, aerial flares and smoke signals, boat owners are strongly encouraged to register to schedule a drop-off time by contacting Huy Le, Hazardous Waste Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of Environment: 415-355-3760 or Only marine-signaling devices will be accepted at this collection event.

The San Francisco Department of the Environment is partnering with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, and the California Coastal Commission to host the event.

Marine flares are carried aboard recreational boats in the event a vessel may need to signal for emergency response. Because of a mandated 42-month expiration date from the date of manufacture, marine flares need to be replaced about every three seasons of boating. Yet, there are currently only two collection sites in California that will accept and dispose of outdated flares. This presents a safety hazard and disposal challenge for Bay Area boat owners.

Free boating safety kits, including information and tools to promote safe and environmentally sound boating practices, will be available for all attendees. Boaters who bring their outdated marine flares also will be entered for a chance to win a U.S. Coast Guard-approved LED marine flare.


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