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Council to tackle balloon and sky lantern issue
9:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in Local
COUNCIL chiefs have decided to clamp down on balloon and sky lanterns being released into the sky.
Worcestershire County Council has decided to adopt the Marine Society’s policy on the same issue. It means that balloons and sky lanterns that are not disposed of properly will be considered litter.
The items are particularly dangerous as they can be mistaken for food by many species of wildlife, frighten livestock or cause fires.
The policy is being championed by Worcestershire County Council leader, Adrian Hardman, who said: "Looking after our beautiful local environment is a priority for the council. Balloons and sky lanterns may look pretty but can have a serious effect on our countryside and the animals which live there. I am proud we have made this decision and hope that Worcestershire's residents will help us take care of the natural environment."
For full details on the policy visit worcestershire.gov.uk/sustainability or visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website at mcsuk.org
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