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    Default getting rid of old flares

    As short a distance as feasible from Cardiff.

    I have a fair collection of old flares in two waterproof containers. I'll set off the hand helds come bonfire night but the parachute flares and the smokes?

    I would like to do the job properly but if that service isnt available ..................... Ideas?
    Last edited by birdseye; 20-08-18 at 14:06.
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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    Pretty sure Iíve said this here before.

    Wigmore Wright used to take them for about 2.50 a flare disposal cost. Professional disposal.

    Now they are team marine not sure but suspect they will do so.

    So flares easily disposed of in Cardiff (Penarth) at modest cost.

    No free disposal so depends what you want.

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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    Maybe I'm a bit tight but I do rather expect waste disposal to be free for domestic purposes. And I guess that I have approaching 40 of them.

    Force 4 were happy to sell me some new ones but excused themselves from taking old ones saying they didnt have an explosives licence. When flares in any rational sense are no more explosives than other fireworks.
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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    You are a bit tight because itís not the case that cost-effective disposal isnít easily available in the area, itís that it isnít free.
    Donít think the man on the Cardiff omnibus would be sanguine about your view that pyrotechnics are your average domestic waste. Youíve got a specialist thing which needs specialist disposal. Dunno that the council taxes of the 99.9% of folk who are not ever likely to need a service you think should be free should be paying for you to get rid of them.

    You admit yourself that you bought these things without any idea how you would dispose of them, and that you are now stockpiling (at home?) things the manufacturers say are now dangerous to use. not going to get a lot of public sympathy iím Afraid.
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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    Quote Originally Posted by birdseye View Post
    Maybe I'm a bit tight but I do rather expect waste disposal to be free for domestic purposes. And I guess that I have approaching 40 of them.

    Force 4 were happy to sell me some new ones but excused themselves from taking old ones saying they didnt have an explosives licence. When flares in any rational sense are no more explosives than other fireworks.
    As a minimum, I would not buy flares from someone unless they took in at least the same number of out of date ones in return. The CG sometimes have flare amnesties. Try googling and see if they have anything coming up. Try your local plod shop. They sometimes have safe storage for such things. You could always walk in and say "look what I found out on the street"
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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    I've asked this one before as well ….

    Do they float?
    Do they float tied to a brick? …….
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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    I think that throwing in the sea is generally considered unacceptable. Having said that, placed in a bucket, which was then topped up with concrete and then thrown into the sea over an old ordinance dumping ground where it would never be disturbed might be a suitable procedure.
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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    any retailer that sells flares should have routines in place to dispose of them too

    check your new flares are produced from a locked steel cabinet if not something is wrong

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    Default Re: getting rid of old flares

    Quote Originally Posted by CLB View Post
    I think that throwing in the sea is generally considered unacceptable. Having said that, placed in a bucket, which was then topped up with concrete and then thrown into the sea over an old ordinance dumping ground where it would never be disturbed might be a suitable procedure.
    Thats a good idea! If you are near this spot to drop it overboard they will never spot your little addition! Its a joke! Its a joke!300px-Thames_Richard_Montgomery_KC_7722_(Modified).JPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quimby View Post
    Thats a good idea! If you are near this spot to drop it overboard they will never spot your little addition! Its a joke! Its a joke!300px-Thames_Richard_Montgomery_KC_7722_(Modified).JPG
    To be honest, they probably would. That site is meticulously surveyed in a regular basis. I was thinking more like Beauforts Dyke or similar. They are already full of far more serious explosives, so what harm can a few concrete encased flares do? In fact, I believe that encasing in concrete and dumping In the sea in these places was use for low level radioactive waste during the 50's. I think there is another one off the coast of the IoW.
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