Sources of Balloon Litter

Question: How do balloons and their attachments become litter?
Answer:    People let them go!

People, schools, businesses and sport venues across the globe purchase mass quantities of helium-filled latex balloons, transport them to a selected site, and then release them into the air. These mass releases of balloons are done:
  • To celebrate a wedding
  • To celebrate an athletic event
  • At political rallies
  • At store openings
  • At car dealerships (when balloons are cut from the cars at the end of the day)
Balloons often have plastic ribbons, plastic valves and plastic disks attached.