A notice from Hampshire Constabulary Police Stations
Acceptance of Time Expired Pyrotechnics (TEPs, i.e. out of date flares) at police stations:
This notice is due to overwhelming quantities of out of date flares being handed in at Police Stations.
With Immediate effect Hampshire Constabulary stations will accept a maximum quantity of 10 flares from individual members of the public only.
MCA Marine Rescue Co-ordination centre will accept TEP's from Individual members of the public, and from small independent fishing vessels, by prior appointment, Phone 023 9255 2100. HM Coastguard is not responsible for the disposal of TEP's and accepts them at its own discretion and subject to storage availability.
Commercial Organisations must make alternative arrangements for the collection and disposal of their TEP's: see Marine Guidance Note MGN 287 (M+F) for further details of commercial disposal options.
Please refer to the MCA website http://www.mcga.gov.uk/ for General Advice for the Disposal of Time Expired Pyrotechnics and for Marine Guidance Notice MGN287 (M+F), Disposal of Out of Date Pyrotechnics.
Hampshire Constabulary February 2010