Originally Posted by Dave_E
I can't believe the industry does not have a ready solution for the marine folks who constantly deal with expired flares and shells. I have called the local fire department, police department, West Marine, and the Coast Gaurd. Everyone of them suggested calling one of the others in that list. The PO just left all the old flares, shells and fire extinguishers on the boat. YIKES! I replaced all with new and took all the old stuff home. Now I have a garage with 10 expired flares, 10 expired shells and 8 old fire extinguishers. What do you do? (Be honest).
When our Yacht club has its annual Safety Day, there is usually a disposal bin set up for that purpose.
If your YC has a Safety Day, they will need to address this issue. If they don't presently have a Safety Day, or a requirement that moorage only be available to boats that have passed a safety check, They should.
If you don't have access to any other form of disposal, test firing type I or type II flares is easily accomplished if aimed downwards, into deep water. Type III flares can be put into the trunk of your car for use on the highway, should you need to mark your (or another's) disabled vehicle, or may be disposed of in a (otherwise legal) bonfire. Type IV (Smoke) Flares are somewhat more problematic, but not many are sold.