Clean Up Malta pushes for ban on balloon releases

Posted on May 31, 2018 by DrRossH in Balloons

Malta pushes for balloon ban

The Malta Clean Up group, who spend time voluntarily cleaning up Malta and Gozo have appealed to the Prime Minister, the Environment Minister and all local councils to help ban all balloon releases during Maltese feasts, due to the damage caused to the environment.

In her letter, Malta Clean Up founder and The Malta Independent columnist Camilla Appelgren, argued that balloons are nothing but litter, and said there is no chance of the person releasing the balloon cleaning it up.

She quoted Maltese Law, which states that: “No person shall throw down, drop or otherwise deposit in, into or from any place in the open air to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access without payment, and leave anything whatsoever in such circumstances as to cause, contribute to, or tend to lead to, the defacement by litter of any place in the open air, unless such depositing and leaving was lawfully authorized.”

She said that her group understands that some litter is allowed during feasts, such as confetti which is then cleaned up by the organisers, “however, balloons let loose into the air can’t be cleaned up.