San Mateo County to Collect Flares

If you live or berth your boat in San Mateo County, mark your calendars. The county invites you to dispose of unwanted or expired marine flares on Saturday, November 2. A collection site in Pillar Point Harbor will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a site in Oyster Point Marina will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to do with old marine incendiary signaling devices?
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But before you just show up, make a list of your flares. Then make an appointment with Wesley Won at (650) 655-6217 or To transport your flares, leave them in the original packaging (if you still have it) or otherwise protect them from moving around. Make sure ignition devices are covered or taped.

San Mateo County Environmental Health Services Hazardous Waste Program is conducting this collection event as a pilot project. CalRecycle supplied funding. Recreational boating flares only please! No household hazardous waste.

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