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Being fined for releasing balloons

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Marmitecrackers Fri 23-Oct-20 23:26:48

I've just seen another thing on TV where people were releasing tonnes of balloons to mark some sort of anniversary. I'm sure it seems sentimental but I can't quite believe anyone still thinks it's ok to release loads of little pieces of rubber to be scattered all over the place.

If I popped 100 balloons and just left them in the street as I popped them people would be appalled. Yet where the heck do they think the released balloons are going to end up??

Am I being unreasonable fir thinking you should be fined for littering if you do one of these mass releases of balloons?

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PardonMyFrancais Fri 23-Oct-20 23:27:47

YANBU and I am also shocked that people still do this. I don’t even use balloons at parties!

Damnloginpopup Fri 23-Oct-20 23:28:44

Yes, absolutely. Littering aside they kill.

Literaryseed Fri 23-Oct-20 23:29:25

YANBU I'm staggered people think this is acceptable.

SeaDreaming Fri 23-Oct-20 23:31:20

I've just seen a fb post about a dying calf that's suspected of having eaten half a burst "happy anniversary" balloon. sad

Maria53 Fri 23-Oct-20 23:32:42

I used to live in a major Spanish city. Samsung let out hundreds of balloons for their marketing campaign less than 2 years ago. The street was filled with trodden on balloons, hate to think where the rest ended up.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Fri 23-Oct-20 23:32:48

YANBU. Balloon releases and Chinese lanterns are little more than dangerous littering.

1Morewineplease Fri 23-Oct-20 23:33:42

I agree with you and I can't believe that people think it's ok to let off Chinese lanterns either.

Notcontent Fri 23-Oct-20 23:36:45

I agree completely with you. There are so many things we need to stop doing as they are killing our planet.

OffThePlanet Fri 23-Oct-20 23:39:11

Besides the animals killed by balloons and the littering problem. Helium is in short supply and is used in MRIs so shouldn’t be wasted on balloons.

Cat0115 Fri 23-Oct-20 23:42:30

Arrrgh. Pressed the wrong one... yaNbu of course!

chrislilleyswig Fri 23-Oct-20 23:45:43

It's the type of thing where people are shut down if they raise it as an issue. Mainly because it's usually related to a death.

I'm amazed people still do it

Yogawithmydog Fri 23-Oct-20 23:45:58

Totally agree, my friend's horse was hurt by one of those awful lantern things coming down on them in the middle of the night. In a field in the middle of nowhere north Scotland for petes sake, goodness knows how far it had travelled! They should be banned totally. And yes balloons are bad for all sorts of wildlife too.

Gettinggrumpier Fri 23-Oct-20 23:49:26


Arrrgh. Pressed the wrong one... yaNbu of course!

You can change your vote just by clicking on the opposite option. smile

ErrolTheDragon Fri 23-Oct-20 23:49:29

YANBU. I suppose it's sheer thoughtlessness, but surely everyone is aware by now of the potential harm to animals by balloons and moreso those insane fire lanterns. That German zoo burning was awful.

MostIneptThatEverStepped Sat 24-Oct-20 00:06:46

I was in Hyde Park this summer and saw an event where hundreds of white balloons were released. I think it was a memorial event and the sentiment was nice but crikey, what were they thinking?

Crunched Sat 24-Oct-20 00:08:52

There are biodegradable balloons available. Are you sure the event you watched wasn't using them?
I was invited to a (virtual) baby shower and could not tell the balloon decorations were eco friendly had it not been highlighted by the hosts.

BoobsOnTheMoon Sat 24-Oct-20 00:12:37

The memorial aspect just makes no sense tbh.

A loved one has died, so let's remember them by dropping lots of litter - said nobody ever confused But somehow when the litter is balloons and they're being dropped miles away it's ok?

DookaDakkaDikku Sat 24-Oct-20 00:13:05

No such thing as biodegradable balloons, whatever the packaging claims. Even in the right conditions they take months to break down, plenty of time for an animal to choke on them.

BackforGood Sat 24-Oct-20 00:14:22

Totally agree with @chrislilleyswig

Because people will often do it 'In Memory' of someone who has died, then people mostly feel it is too difficult a moment to say anything, objecting to the practice, but you are absolutely right that it is a very poor practice.

Throckmorton Sat 24-Oct-20 00:17:18

Is there any evidence that biodegradable balloons are any less harmful to wildlife and other animals than regular balloons? I'm not sure people should be littering with anything, no matter how biodegradable it is.

Risingsuntheearth Sat 24-Oct-20 00:17:58

Those lanterns as well cause a lot of fires

coronabeer Sat 24-Oct-20 00:26:12

I would go even further, if it were up to me. I think balloons should be banned completely. Yes, I know children enjoy them (mine did), and they can look nice... but they are so bad for the environment, lowering the landscape and causing injuries and even death to wildlife.

user102740264923 Sat 24-Oct-20 00:26:42

I don't think people do think about where the balloons go after they drift up into the sky. It's a nice moment that makes them feel good and the thought process ends there.

When I was a young child I saw a balloon release and imagined them all floating off and literally disappearing up into the heavens which seemed wonderful.

Adults don't quite have that excuse but I do wonder if people who feel the need to do these things in memory of a loved one have that kind of mental image? I can see how it might be a comforting feeling.

Whereas the image of limp, half deflated balloons landing in people's gardens or killing wildlife is not super inspiring. I can only imagine that never crosses their mind.

It is sad it still happens and the variety of foolish things humans manage to find to do.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sat 24-Oct-20 00:33:05

I hate them. The people who release them don't care a fig what anybody thinks because they are special with special reasons that trump anything else.

It's not a question of them not knowing the devastation to wildlife that balloons cause, they don't care.

Ditto the people who bleat on about 'but these ones are eco-friendly'. No. No they aren't. Not releasing them is eco-friendly.

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