Are Balloons Recyclable? And What You Should Do With Them 🎈
Are Balloons Recyclable? 🎈: In this blog, we discover whether or not you can recycle balloons. In addition, we present you with viable options that you can consider when disposing of balloons. Continue reading our blog to learn more.
Honestly, I now see balloons as the true ‘life of the party’. Every celebration I go, I always see balloons hanging in the air or placed on the floor. Balloons, these rubber or plastic bags with different colours filled with air, always remind me of the good times I had with both my family and friends.
Aside from the fun and memories, however, lies a bit of an issue we often fail to talk about: what happens to the balloons after? As we may all know, every item or product in this world – no matter how big or small – has an environmental impact. After all the fun and games, balloons from a party would cause more harm than good.
As a result, we must find environmentally responsible ways how to dispose of balloons. Of course, recycling always comes first to mind when we think of ‘environmentally responsible’. The question is, are balloons recyclable? Below, we cover this question and determine whether or not we can recycle these helium and air-filled rubber or plastic bags. Read on to learn more.
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Discovering whether or not balloons are recyclable
Balloons, as fun as they look, pose a threat to the environment if improperly disposed of. Unfortunately, you do not have the option of recycling balloons in your kerbside bin.
Simply put, almost every local council and/or recycling facility out there – should you call and enquire – would decline to collect your balloons for recycling. Even today, there is really no benefit for recycling balloons and no significant markets currently exist that want to take in and make use of used balloons. But still, there are some that can collect and recycle your old balloons – for free, even.
If you do find one, they would usually only recycle Mylar balloons (also known as foil balloons).
Your best option if you have no available facility to collect them – bad for the environment, obviously – is to dispose of them in your general waste bin and send them to landfill. If you do not do so and just dispose of them wherever you please, harm awaits the environment.
Recycle it for free in Australia!
As we mentioned above, even with its rarity, there is some facility out there that can accept and collect your old balloons for recycling. In Australia, Balloon Recycling Australia can collect and recycle a maximum of 3 kg of balloons per person for free. It is open to both the public and businesses, except balloon professionals.
Their goal is to keep balloons out of landfill and assure that they are not a single-use product, and they mentioned that they will happily take these used balloons and recycle them into something new. You can either send it to them or drop them off.
You can send the balloons to us at Balloon Recycling Australia Unit 5 / 123 Muriel Avenue, Moorooka, Queensland 4105 or you can drop them into our Balloon Recycling Bin outside the front of our warehouse 24/7.
Now that we know balloons are recyclable and all, can we still compost or biodegrade them?
Of course, we would look for other options if balloons are not recyclable, and biodegrading and composting are another strong possibility. Can we compost or biodegrade them?
Biodegrading: possible, but takes too long. There are two common types of balloons, latex and foil/Mylar balloons. Latex balloons take around 2 years to biodegrade whilst the foil balloons will take plenty of years before biodegrading.
Composting: a good option for latex balloons. You can safely put latex balloons in your compost bin or compost them yourself. To break them down quickly, cut or shred them beforehand. As for Mylar/foil balloons, you cannot put them in your compost bin or compost them yourself. Place them in your general waste bin.
Balloons’ harm to our environment
Do take note that a single balloon, no matter how small, poses a significant environmental impact and comes with a lot of hazards. Balloons not being recyclable does not give you the go signal to just throw or leave it wherever you please.
Balloons have properties that make them a threat to the environment; they are lightweight and can easily explode and/or deflate once set into the air. Afterwards, the balloon remains will inevitably land somewhere and will become a pest to the environment.
What are some of the environmental impacts of balloons? Below, we state some examples:
- Animals can consume them accidentally. Both land and sea animals might mistake balloons as food and eat them. Sooner or later after consumption, they will choke and die. Balloons can also block some animals’ digestive tracts, which renders them unable to eat – they will then eventually die from starvation. For example, plastic balloons in the sea can be consumed by dolphins, turtles and whales. They can choke and die depending on the amount and how large the balloon they ate is.
- Balloons consume a valuable element: helium. Although you can find plenty of helium in this unimaginably immense universe, you actually cannot find an abundant amount on Earth. You cannot replace the helium consumed when you fill a balloon, unfortunately. So, producing tonnes of balloons means consuming a valuable element used in welding, ventilators etc.
- They become litter in the streets. When a balloon finally lands after flying, it becomes litter in the street or area it lands. They contribute loads of waste to the environment. This becomes more alarming once learning that balloons are not recyclable, as we have limited ways to deal with them in an environmentally responsible way.
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