Ban on releasing balloons in several Dutch cities
Amsterdam was the first Dutch municipality to ban the release of balloons in 2015
- March 13, 2019 09:30
- Olya Georgieva
Amsterdam was the first Dutch municipality to ban the release of balloons in 2015. Dozens of other municipalities followed suit. Utrecht became the most recent city to ban the release of balloons. In the past two months four other municipalities released such ban - Den Bosch, Zeist, Rotterdam and The Hague.
Children's parties with balloons are still allowed, but they can no longer be released. The same applies to weddings. The reason for such ban is that balloons bits cause rubbish that ends up on the streets, parks, beaches and in the water, and this practice is straight up bad for the environment. The remnants of balloons are eaten by fish, birds and other animals and it causes a lot of animal suffering.