June 5, 2018 - Led by Senator Cathy Cloutier, a bill is being circulated in the Delaware legislature to gauge support for adding intentional balloon releases to the criminal misdemeanor ordinance. See information below on the impacts of balloons on the environment and marine wildlife. Call or email your state representative and senator now to ask that they support the bill.
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They may be pretty when they float away, but everything that goes up, must come down - and when they do, animals eat them and cannot digest them.
Approximately 2,000 balloons are found each year along Delaware's coasts during the annual three-hour Coastal Cleanup each September. They litter our beaches and hang from our trees. They blight our communities and natural environments. Stop and think: littering is illegal.
Seven states and numerous other local governments have already restricted balloon releases.
Modeled after laws from other states, including a bill pending in New Jersey, Plastic Free Delaware has developed proposed legislation for consideration by the Delaware General Assembly.
Please email or call your state senator and representative encouraging them to take action on this important piece of legislation.
Delaware already outlaws “sky lanterns” by the state fire marshal due to it being a fire hazard.
Mass Balloon Release Restrictions in U.S.
Mass balloon releases are illegal in several states, cities, and countries, including:
STATES: California, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia.
U.S. CITIES: Huntsville, Alabama; San Francisco, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Ocean City, Maryland; Everett, Massachusetts; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Provincetown, Massachusetts; New Jersey – Atlantic City, Bradley Beach, Brigantine, Cape May City, Long Beach Township, Longport, Margate, North Wildwood, Sea Isle City, Somers Point, Upper Township, Ventnor; Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
OUTSIDE THE U.S.: Plymouth-UK, New South Wales-Australia, Sunshine Coast-Queensland-Australia.