Impact of Balloons
Mylar balloons, also known as foil or metalized balloons, contribute to hundreds of power outages a year in Southern California. In the 1990s, the state of California banned the mass release of Mylar balloons. Not only do these types of balloons pose a potential threat to power distribution, they also threaten marine environments. Mylar balloons can take hundreds of years to decompose. During this time they sit in landfills or end up in our trees, beaches, and the ocean where they pose a threat to marine animals- either through entanglement or ingestion.
Manhattan Beach Balloon Regulations
On March 6th, 2019, City Council adopted ordinance 19-0003 which includes a ban on the sale and distribution of Mylar/foil balloons. The ordinance also regulates the use Mylar balloons in public spaces such as beaches and parks, in order to prevent accidental releases. In addition, the ordinance prohibits the mass release of latex/rubber balloons in the City.