After the turn of the year and typical New Year's Eve fireworks activities, one may find fireworks that have only partially worked or not at all as intended for various reasons. Also, there are still some remaining stocks of fireworks with approval or CE marking that have to be disposed of by the owners.
Fireworks are pyrotechnics and contain explosive substances that are sensitive to impact, friction and heat. Therefore special care must be taken in their disposal.
The following recommendations for dealing with fireworks that did not (fully) work, apply exclusively to small quantities of fireworks in the F1 and F2 categories or the old PI and PII approvals in non-commercial areas.
Remains of CE-marked fireworks such as empty shot tube batteries or rockets with wooden sticks for flight stabilisation that have worked completely may be discarded after the explosive materials’ conversion and sufficient cooling (for example, overnight) in residual waste bins.
However, CE-marked fireworks that did not (fully) work still contain explosive substances. Due to the unforeseeable hazards, these fireworks should never be relit, rather, they must be disposed of after sufficient cooling in a recycling facility or waste collection centre where they are treated as hazardous waste.
Fireworks with old German approvals (e.g. BAM-PII-XXXX) may no longer be used and, if possible, must be disposed of in their original packaging at a recycling facility or waste collection centre where they are treated as hazardous waste.
For further questions please contact
Dr. Christian Lohrer, Pyrotechnics, Explosives Division at +49(030)-8104-3249 or Christian.Lohrer@bam.de
Lutz Kurth, Pyrotechnics, Explosives Division at +49(030)-8104-1234 or Lutz.Kurth@bam.de.