Share article:
Share article:

Ban on releasing balloons in Flanders

Flickr
Flickr

Flanders is now, after the Netherlands, also taking steps to prohibit the release of balloons. Flemish Minister for Environment, Koen Van den Heuvel (CD&V), wants to make it easier for municipalities to include a prohibition for balloon releasing in their police regulations.

Environmental experts have long been calling for a ban on the release of balloons, since most of them end up as litter or in the sea, reported Het Nieuwsblad.

According to Van den Heuvel, there is enough support in Flanders for a balloon ban. He considers it “feasible to forbid the deliberate release of balloons”, according to Het Nieuwblad.

Related Content: Belgium plans to press for stronger climate targets

The Flemish police model regulations, on which municipalities base their own regulations, will from now on include articles that can prohibit the release of balloons, or at least require permission in advance.

At the moment, only a handful of Flemish municipalities have issued a ban on their own initiative. However, since the regulation will now be included by default, experts hope many more municipalities will introduce such a ban.

In the Netherlands -where around one million balloons go up yearly- more than 60 municipalities already forbid releasing balloons at weddings or other occasions. 23% of all released balloons end up in the sea, according to a Dutch study.

Only the deliberate release of balloons is prohibited. A child who accidentally releases a balloon does not have to fear a penalty.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Brussels pharmacies report rush on rapid tests due to Covid Safe Ticket
Many pharmacists in Brussels have noticed a remarkable increase in the demand for Covid-19 tests this weekend, following the official expansion of ...
Students filmed naked on ULB campus given a warning
A group of students caught on camera mimicking sexual acts on the campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have been issued an official ...
EU Digital Covid Certificate becomes an international success story
The European Commission adopted on Monday a report on the EU Digital Covid Certificate and its implementation across the EU. According to the ...
Belgian chocolatier agrees to $15 million settlement over misled consumers allegations
Internationally recognised Belgian chocolate manufacturer Godiva has reached a $15 million (€12.9 million) settlement after US consumers said they ...
‘Buying second home does not mean you are rich’: government disagrees on tax break
The Francophone liberal MR party and the Flemish socialist Vooruit party strongly disagree on the current scheme for tax benefits on people's second ...
EMA starts evaluating Pfizer vaccine for children over 5 years old
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started evaluating an application to extend the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to children ...
Energy prices: EU’s demand and supply dilemma in importing natural gas
The European Commission adopted last week a plan on how to tackle the rise in global energy prices in the short-term while relying on the transition ...
Tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels’ outskirts to airport
Works on a tram line connecting Brussels, the NATO headquarters and Brussels Airport in Zaventem, which could attract up to 10,000 passengers a day, ...
SKYFALL: European police complete counter-drone training in Antwerp
In a joint project between Belgium’s federal police and the Brussels Capital Ixelles Policing Area, 15 European police officers visited Antwerp to ...
Offshore wind farms could help reach climate neutrality by 2050
A study carried out by the Bureau fédérale du Plan (BFP) – an independent Belgian organisation that investigates questions of environmental and ...
Will Brussels bounce back?
The lockdowns have tested the city and forced it to confront key questions about its future. Derek Blyth looks back at an extraordinary moment in our ...
STIB launches free transport for Museum Night Fever this weekend
STIB buses will run between Brussels museums for free on Saturday night as part of the Museum Night Fever celebrations taking over the capital.  ...