Please select your home edition
Maritimo 2019 HEADER

Alameda County Boaters: Register now for expired marine flare collection

by Scott Croft 2 Oct 2020 11:49 PDT 18 October 2020
Need to dispose of expired marine flares? Register now to bring them to a special collection event on Sunday, Oct. 18. © Vivian Matuk, California State Parks and California Coastal Commission

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging Alameda County residents who own boats as well as those who keep their boats in the county to take advantage of a Marine Flare Collection Event to be held Sunday, Oct. 18. Alameda County recreational boaters wishing to drop off old marine flares must make an appointment at Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the drop off location will be shared in the confirmation email. For additional information boaters can call (800) 609-6606 or visit

Marine flares are required to be carried aboard recreational boats for emergency signaling. However, because of a mandated 42-month expiration date from the date of manufacture, they 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 Yet there are currently only two collection sites in California that will accept and dispose of outdated flares, presenting a safety hazard and disposal challenge.

The event is open to Alameda County residents or those who berth boats in the county. Proof of residency or marina berth is required. Those dropping off flares must wear a mask and remain in their vehicles while expired flares will be unloaded from an unlocked trunk or back cargo space. Only recreational boat marine-signaling devices such as handheld flares, aerial signals and smoke signals will be accepted. This excludes flares from commercial vessels, military, businesses or organizations.

The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program is conducting this event with funding from the California Department of Recycling and Resource Recovery and in partnership with California State Parks and the California Coastal Commission California Boating Clean and Green Program.

Related Articles

Most-watched BoatUS videos of 2020
Top 10 list of practical boat handling and how-to boat maintenance videos Learning how to trim a powerboat is a skill that many vessel operators seek to know, and BoatUS video viewership numbers back that up: “How to Trim Your Boat” was the No. 1 most-watched BoatUS video of 2020. Posted on 24 Dec 2020
BoatUS warns boaters to be wary
Of letters arriving offering renewal of USCG documentation Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is advising boaters with vessels that have a U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by U.S. mail offering renewal. Posted on 16 Dec 2020
Don't make your boat look like a Christmas tree
BoatUS advises boaters about unsafe decorative lighting when navigating Boaters looking to buy themselves a Christmas gift may be thinking about adding some “bling” to the boat – multicolored decorative LED deck and space lighting. Posted on 19 Nov 2020
Ligado L-Band Wireless Plan concerns
Wireless network threatens to interfere with nation's GPS system A coalition of groups whose users rely on the GPS wants the FCC to change its mind about an April 20 decision to permit Ligado Networks to begin construction of a land-based industrial 5G (fifth generation) "L-Band" wireless network. Posted on 29 Oct 2020
Last chance for East Coast boaters to be heard
On Shallow Draft Waterway Aids to Navigation Survey West and Gulf coast recreational boaters have already spoken. Now the U.S. Coast Guard is asking East Coast boaters, in a short, 5-minute online survey, to weigh in about the Aids to Navigation (ATON) system on shallow draft waterways Posted on 17 Oct 2020
What's different about fall boating?
Follow these 5 boating safety tips to ensure a great day on the water Other than the colors of trees and cooler temperatures, what's different about boating in the fall? A lot, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, especially when it comes your safety aboard. Posted on 9 Oct 2020
Gulf Boaters prepare for Hurricane Delta
BoatUS offers free hurricane planning information, videos, worksheet Just three weeks ago, many boaters were caught unprepared when Hurricane Sally shifted eastward and came ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Posted on 8 Oct 2020
BoatUS team responds after Hurricane Sally
Most boat damage due to lack of preparation GEICO | BoatUS Marine Insurance Catastrophe Team is finding that the Category 2 hurricane's sudden shift to the east just prior to the storm's September 16 landfall caught many boaters unprepared. Posted on 1 Oct 2020
Boat buyers and sellers: Don't get scammed
How to spot the email warning signs The boating season is drawing to a close, but the cold weather buying season will heat up soon. On snowy nights, potential boat buyers will hunch over computers and cellphones looking at boats for sale, dreaming of sugarplums and their first boat Posted on 30 Sep 2020
The best boat winterizing checklist
And everything else you ever wanted to know about putting away a recreational boat for the season Boaters in much of the U.S. and Canada acknowledge the need to winterize their boat's engines each autumn. But what else can go wrong? Posted on 17 Sep 2020
Maritimo 2019 FooterSea Sure 2020 - SHOCK-WBV - FOOTERHighfield Boats - Power - FOOTER