Don't let go

Support a ban on balloon and lantern releases

We need your help to show that balloon and lantern releases aren’t just a moment of fun without consequences later. Balloons sold as “degradable” are known to last a number of months, even years, and pose a choking threat to wildlife at sea, and on land. Balloons, balloon string and sky lanterns leave a permanent hazard. Now, forward-thinking local authorities and businesses are seeing the need to ban releases on their land, and you can add your support for others, too.

Pledge your support for a ban on balloon and lantern releases in your area.

More and more Councils are voting to ban the release of balloons and lanterns on their land. They’re making that decision after pressure from local people. Now we want to ramp up that pressure in areas where letting go isn’t on the Council agenda. Pledge your support below to help actively target Councils and campaign on a local level.

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Where are they already banned?

Our map shows how many councils have banned either balloons, lanterns or both. There is still a lot of work to do though so please add your voice by pledging your support above.

You can also check our list of Councils with bans to see if yours is on there.

What else can you do?

Why not tweet/Facebook your council and encourage your social media networks to do the same? Copy and paste the text below (editing the Twitter name) to tweet your Council and/or write on your Council’s Facebook page.

Twitter #Balloons aren’t good in the #environment. Please (@mycouncil) #Dontletgo on your land. Vote to ban upward #littering @mcsuk

Facebook Sky lanterns and balloons may look pretty but they can harm wildlife at sea and on land (not to mention the fire risk they also pose). Will you follow other Councils and ban releases on your land? #DontLetGo

Let us know what they say! (NB. If your Council already has a ban, why not tweet or Facebook them to say ‘thank you’ instead!)

[Note: Map Contains OS data © Crown copyright [and database right] (2017). Contains LPS Intellectual Property © Crown copyright and database right (2017). This information is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence.]

Actions you can take

  1. Download campaign resources
  2. Tell us about a release you have stopped
  3. Ask Parliament to ban balloon & sky lantern releases