Burdekin boaties are being urged to take their old marine flares to the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations for disposal.
Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations were the only sites in the Shire that would accept old flares.
“Our team has found that residents have been disposing of the flares in their kerbside bin and this is quite dangerous as there is a risk old flares will explode during collection, en route to Kirknie Road Landfill, or at the landfill,” he said.
“To prevent any mishaps Council advises residents to take their old flares to the Ayr and Home Hill Waste Transfer Stations to be disposed of properly.”
Mr Mulcahy said officers had also found Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) in bins.
“EPIRBs are usually registered and if it’s thrown in the bin it may prove quite costly for the owner if it’s accidentally activated,” he said.
“Once a beacon is activated the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is alerted and a search and rescue response may be initiated.
“AMSA recommends that prior to disposal the beacon battery be disconnected according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
“Old EPIRBs can be taken to Battery World outlets who charge a small fee to cover the cost of disposal.
“EPIRBs are not accepted at any of Council’s waste facilities.”