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Alternatives to Balloon releases

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What goes up must come down

Balloons are often used for special occasions such as launches, birthdays, weddings and funerals.

But balloons don't stay in the sky forever.

They will eventually come back down to earth. Sometimes, they land in the sea where they get mistaken for food by birds and marine wildlife. Balloons could block their digestive tracts, which could be fatal. Animals could get entangled in the ribbons and strings, restricting their movement and ability to eat, and cause drowning.

Here are some alternatives to releasing balloons that have less impact on the environment:

  • Blow bubbles! Don't forget to dispose of the plastic receptacles responsibly.
  • Get the kids to try a ribbon dance at their next birthday party.
  • Plant native trees or seeds as a symbol of new beginnings and a gift to the environment.
  • Light a candle to remember a loved one or celebrate a new life.
  • Save your decoration budget and donate to your favourite cause or charity.
  • Hang some bunting or pom poms on your door or gate instead of balloons.
  • Fly streamers, banners or flags and let the wind make them dance.
  • Hold your event in the garden and let the native plants be your decoration.

Please note

  • The release of balloons is banned at Council events and in Council managed reserves.
  • It is illegal to release 20 or more gas-inflated balloons at or about the same time (Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997- Amendment (Balloons) Act 2000). On-the-spot fines may apply.