Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Faculty Advisor

Hanlan, James P.

Project Center

Washington, DC


The United States Coast Guard sought a safe, environmentally sound disposal method for expired boat safety flares (Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals). Drawing on a model Canadian program and extensive study of various alternatives, we developed a four-phase process: motivating boaters to bring expired flares to local collection sites, storing flares safely at those sites, transporting them legally and economically to EPA-approved incinerators, then disposal via incineration. We recommended funding a pilot program run by a volunteer boating organization to validate all phases of this process.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts