Yanchep litter collector calls for ban on balloons

Yanchep litter collector calls for ban on balloons

A REGULAR litter collector has called for a ban on balloons and balloon releases.

Yanchep resident Clare Sharp has asked the City of Wanneroo to follow the example set by Cottesloe council, which earlier this year banned balloons and their release at its events.

“Would the City of Wanneroo be willing to also ban balloons in our shire as I pick up a vast amount of balloons daily off Yanchep Beach?” she said.

Ms Sharp set up the Save Our Oceans Western Australia Facebook page last year to document the litter she picked up daily at her local beach.

The City provided a written response at the May meeting that said there were laws in place to manage the issue.

“The banning of balloons across the City would be difficult to manage and enforce,” acting planning and sustainability director Mark Dickson said.

“In regards to public events, the City is currently undergoing a review of its approval process and the proposal to restrict the use of balloons will be put on the agenda for consideration.”

Ms Sharp also asked the City to help remove eight floats and a cray fishing box she found last month.

“The amount of floats, buoys and rope that is coming to shore is alarming,” she said.

Last year, Joondalup council agreed to continue a policy not to release helium balloons at its events.

It also agreed to provide information to the community on the environmental impacts of releasing helium balloons and appropriate alternatives. Follow Ms Sharp’s clean-ups here.

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