Sara halts balloon, lantern release

Harmful Balloons usually end up as wastes in landfills if not recycled and could pose threats to the environment. File Photo

Mayor Sara Duterte is supporting proposals to ban the release of balloons and sky lanterns during public celebrations and gatherings in Davao City.

According to the mayor, the law against the wasteful and hazardous practice of releasing balloons and sky lanterns will potentially reduce the city’s waste disposal.

“There is an urgent need to reduce our waste because we cannot keep on creating sanitary landfills every five years,” she said, adding this can only be achieved through recycling and banning plastic wastes.

Balloons, if not recycled, are expected to end up as wastes in landfills and other areas which will harm wildlife, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and even clog sewage systems.

Also, balloon production emits greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane which contribute greatly to global warming and climate change.

She also urged the city council to come up with more legislations that would protect the environment such as reducing the use of plastics in the city.

“We can actually ban more plastics apart from balloons,” she said.

The ordinance banning the release of balloons to the sky was earlier proposed by Davao City Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta. She said this is being done to protect the environment.

Moreover, Sunga-Acosta said the proposal was developed after the recent controversies involving balloon releases.

In December 2018, the Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park received various negative commentaries in social media, after it announced that it will be releasing balloons into the sky as part of its New Year’s Eve celebration.

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