Balloon Releases


The Carr Governement banned the mass release of balloons in 1999.  The great state of NSW is the only Australian state that has adopted this legislation.  Other states have considered it, but threw it out of parliament due to lack of scientific evidence.

Despite this the fact remains that released balloons do create litter. We encourage all our clients to please dispose of their balloons in a thoughtful way. “Pin it and bin it”. Unfortunately some do not do this, and they simply release the balloons outside with no regard to where they may end up.

The NSW legislation has a loophole that allows for the sale of 19 balloons for release into the atmosphere. This loophole has been used by MAD Balloons when people have requested this for funerals and commemorative services. However in good conscience, we can no longer provide this service. We always used biodegradable latex balloons, no clips and crepe paper as the ‘ribbon’. The issue of balloon litter is a major concern and we do not want to be the cause of inadvertantly harming any animal through ingestion of balloon fragment or entanglement.

MAD Balloons has joined PEBA – Pro Environment Balloon Alliance. Please go to to see a full listing of the Alliance’s objectives. MAD Balloons embraces all objectives of PEBA and will abide by all the guidelines. If you require more information please feel free to email us or call the office at anytime.