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An Essex councillor hopes a potential by-law prohibiting the release of latex and Mylar helium balloons will inspire residents to think of environmentally friendly ways to mark milestones or memorialize.

Kim VerBeek brought forward a notice of motion during the March 18 meeting of council, with an administrative report expected back Tuesday night.

“People do it for celebration, for acts of memorials, but I mean, now we’ve learned how harmful it can be so once we learn better, we should do better,” said VerBeek.

VerBeek said that there are many dangers associated with releasing balloons into the air for wildlife, pets, and the environment, noting a growing number of communities in Canada and the U.S. already have regulations in place.

“Through strangulation and through ingestion, family pets, wildlife, livestock, marine life, birds get tangled in the strings or they will actually eat the rubber, the Mylar,” VerBeek explained.

She continued, …

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