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Litter Prevention

Don't Trash Central Virginia

Marine Debris

Litter is more than just an eyesore, it has serious environmental concerns that often go unnoticed. When someone litters, it doesn't always stay on land. Stormwater washes litter into local waterways where it poses a risk to wildlife and reduces water quality. As streams and currents carry it along, some litter of the Richmond region will find its way to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Within marine debris, there are five broad categories: consumer debris, microplastics, personal protective equipment (PPE), derelict fishing gear, and abandoned vessels, and related debris.

Did you Know?

As of June 2021, it is illegal to purposely release balloons outdoors in the state of Virginia. There is a $25 fine per ballon released, Instead of releasing balloons you must pop and trash them or opt for balloon free celebratory alternative.

What's the Big deal?

Releasing balloons outdoors is essentially littering in the sky. When the balloons eventually pop, they end up in the oceans or on land as litter. They are often on the top ten list of items found during ocean clean-ups, Balloons and their strings are mistaken for food by animals such as turtles which mistake them for jellyfish.

What are my alternatives?

There are many other ways to have a Joyful Send-Off, such as flowers, bubbles, colorful leaves, or petals, which are more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Visit their website here to learn more about how to ditch the balloons and opt for sustainable ways to celebrate any events.

Balloon Litter: Say NO To Letting It Go!

Learn more about Virginia's balloon release ban here.