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Suffolk County Seeks To Ban Release Of Balloons

July 15, 2019 - 4:42 pm

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Suffolk County officials are considering a proposal to ban residents from releasing balloons into the air in an effort to protect to environment and prevent pollution.

The Legislature is looking to prohibit the intentional release of any helium balloon – latex, mylar or plastic – or any balloon that is lighter than air.

Suffolk County already passed legislation in 2002 to limit released to 25 balloons in one day. The new legislation would amend the current county law.

The law would be enforced by the county’s Department of Health Services, with a $500 fine for the first violation, $750 for the second and $1,000 for following violations.

The proposal comes as the county continues to pass other bills to cut down on plastic pollution. Environmental nonprofits report that hundreds of balloons on Long Island’s coastline.

The word “intentional” would be included in the legislation so that people who accidentally release a balloon will not be penalized.