Balloons, sky lanterns and fireworks may look great, but they can cause big problems.

Once somebody releases balloons or sky lanterns (also known as a Chinese lanterns) into the air, they have no control over them anymore and they can travel for miles. These products can cause a lot of damage, especially when many are released at the same time. They often land on farmland or in the sea where they can kill livestock and wildlife. Even if they land on a street, they will stay there for a long time.

There are even more dangers with sky lanterns. They can cause fires and are often mistaken for distress flares.

Fireworks cause fires and accidents every year. The loud and sudden noises they create scare animals. Fireworks can be toxic, which means that they can pose a danger to the environment and pollute the air we breathe.

In February 2018 we celebrated that all local authorities in Wales had introduced voluntary bans on the release of sky lanterns.

Read our Litter from the Air paper to see what’s being done to minimise the use and impact of these items and what we think needs to be done to improve things in the future.

Litter from the Air paper

Read our 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Dangers of Fireworks and Bonfire night blog 

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