Councils urged to ban balloon releasesPosted on March 27, 2017 by DrRossH in Balloons
Every council has been urged to ban all balloon releases after new research found balloon litter on beaches has increased by more than 50% in the past year.
Emma Cunningham, pollution campaigns officer at the MCS: ‘There’s an awful lot of confusion over balloons, especially what they’re made of and how they break down. Some people believe that because latex is natural, balloons made of it are harmless once let go. This just isn’t the case. Latex may last for up to four years in the marine environment.
‘The latest research also shows that only around 13% of balloons burst into small pieces whilst more than 80% come down intact. This could explain the rise in balloon litter levels we have seen on beaches, which will have a great impact on wildlife.’
In Australia we find many balloons on beaches too. In our recent survey of the same 35 m of beach section every day for a year, we collected 750 balloons or fragments. Off just 35 m!