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Letter: Do not use balloons to promote recycling

Do not use balloons to promote recycling

The News article on the campaign to increase recycling is very commendable but the photo sends a very problematic message. It shows balloons attached to recycling bins. Balloons damage the environment. They create ugly litter, choke and kill wildlife, pollute the oceans, lakes and streams and waste helium. In other words, using balloons in a celebratory or attention-getting way to promote recycling is a complete contradiction. Let’s all try to find other ways to be festive. Even children enjoy flowers or cookies. Balloons are not a necessity.

Barbara Maynor