Ban balloon and sky / chinese lantern releases.

In 2013 the Government commissioned a study on balloons & sky lanterns. This report is now out of date! In March 2017 MCS reported 53% increase in balloon litter, upon 2015. 'Biodegradable' balloons and ribbons snare/kill farm, wild & marine life and take years to rot.

34,153 Signatures

Status: Closed
Created: 21 Mar 2018, 3:49 p.m.
Daily signature rate : 180
Closed: 26 Sep 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Sky lanterns are dangerous - they cause fire & damage & a risk to life. The NFU, MCS & 50 local councils want balloon/sky lantern releases banned!

2013 UK Government DEFRA & Welsh Government Report:

Time to ban balloon releases

Marine Conservation Society Information Sheet

‘Nowhere is safe’: Young horse panicked by helium balloon suffers broken neck:

Farmer wins compensation after Red Nose Day balloon kills cow

Smethwick fire: Chinese lantern 'caused largest blaze'

Bunch of balloons in Billericay halts trains in their tracks

Government Response

The Government considers the current regulatory regime, supported by existing information and guidance, is effective and proportionate.

There is no evidence to suggest that the 2013 study of the risks posed by sky lanterns and helium balloons on livestock and the environment needs to be updated at present.

On land, balloon litter is relatively uncommon, and is not among the top 20 most commonly found types of litter. On beaches, balloons are not in the top ten items of beach litter assessed by the Marine Conservation Society.

Any action must therefore be proportionate to the level of risk. Voluntary actions and initiatives to raise awareness of risks have been effective. The Government has been taking forward a series of non-regulatory measures, aimed at minimising the risks associated with sky lanterns and helium balloons and driving up safety standards, and people are becoming more aware of the risks. Initiatives include a voluntary code of practice for sky lanterns to ensure they are manufactured to be safe and are sold responsibly. The National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers, the trade association for the balloon industry, has also published a code of conduct on balloon releases. Moreover, local councils are using existing powers to restrict or regulate the use of lanterns on council-owned land.

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
326 0.96% Bob Seely Conservative
Isle of Wight
212 0.62% Scott Mann Conservative
North Cornwall
200 0.59% Steve Double Conservative
St Austell and Newquay
165 0.48% Cherilyn Mackrory Conservative
Truro and Falmouth
164 0.48% Tim Farron Liberal Democrat
Westmorland and Lonsdale
157 0.46% Robert Largan Conservative
High Peak
155 0.45% Mike Hill Labour
154 0.45% Mrs Sheryll Murray Conservative
South East Cornwall
149 0.44% Mr Geoffrey Cox Conservative
Torridge and West Devon
148 0.43% Derek Thomas Conservative
St Ives
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6,154 signatures - 18.0% of total

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