RI lawmakers seek to ban balloon releases

Posted on March 21, 2019 by DrRossH in Balloons

Source: RI lawmakers seek to ban balloon releases


Rhode Island lawmakers are hoping to ban balloon releases in the state, noting that the goal is to protect the environment and wildlife.

Rep. Susan Donovan, a Democrat who represents Bristol, introduced the bill.

“All released balloons are hazardous waste to the environment,” 

She was also made aware of how big a problem it is by speaking with participants in the Volvo Ocean Race. They told her that they see broken and deflated balloons in the water and on beaches all around the world.

“That’s litter. And it’s on a mass scale, and we want to stop that,” Donovan said.