ePetition details

Ban Balloon and Sky Lantern Releases

We the undersigned petition the County Council to Disallow the release of balloons and sky lanterns on land owned or controlled by the Council.

All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as “biodegradable latex,” return to Earth as ugly litter, dangerous to wildlife. Latex balloons are often marketed as biodegradable, but in practice take many years to break down. They also often have plastic ribbons attached to them, which do not biodegrade.

Balloons and their ribbons are very frequently found as river and beach litter, where they kill wildlife. Sea creatures and birds mistake them for jellyfish, blocking their intestines, and animals get entangled in the ribbons. It's also a waste of helium, a finite resource needed for medical purposes.

Sky lanterns also pose a threat to animals, causing injury and even death through ingestion, entanglement and fire.

Both balloons and sky lanterns can travel long distances and pollute the most remote and pristine places.

We are calling on Herts County Council to show local leadership on this issue, and join the growing list of councils that have banned balloon and sky lantern releases on the Marine Conservation Society website:


Started by: Emma Tyers (Plastic Free St Albans)

This ePetition ran from 01/02/2019 to 15/05/2019 and has now finished.

265 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Officers are drafting a paper with a view to seeking agreement to the development of a policy to support the petitioner’s request to prevent the release of balloons and sky lanterns on land owned or controlled by the Council; it is anticipated that a report setting out a proposed policy will be submitted to Cabinet for approval in due course.