Shore towns should match Absecon Island balloon-release ban – USAPosted on March 21, 2017 by DrRossH in Balloons
It’s unanimous. All four municipalities on Absecon Island now have banned releasing lighter-than-air balloons. We hope it starts a trend among Jersey Shore municipalities.
Plastic balloons, very durable and usually shiny, are the most dangerous and typically not used in mass balloon releases. Those are done with latex balloons. When Longport was passing its balloon-release ban in December, it was opposed by the Balloon Council, a national group of balloon manufacturers and sellers. The group called released latex balloons “environmentally friendly” because the materials are natural and eventually degrade.
But the repeated documentation of animals killed by released balloons, including latex ones, shows that argument to be pointless. Besides, if nothing else, balloon releases are littering on a massive scale. And the positive argument for balloon releases is … what? People like to see things float into the air and away?
Surely there are better ways to celebrate in the 21st century than putting wildlife at risk and littering.