I have to admit it but we dont have the best view from our front room window. In fact for lovely leafy Leamington its perhaps not the best view or most typical of our town. I live opposite a car show room that has flags flying in the daytime lights glaring at night time and balloons by the dozen at the weekend to promote their special offers. So as you can imagine for someone who is passionate about sustainable transport its not a view I tend to marvel at.
Now a few months back on a Sunday afternoon we were lazing in the front room with our Sunday papers when I happened to look up and see a staff member walk around the car park and cut all the balloons free. Up up up they floated as the worker continued to set about 50 balloons free.
I was flabbergasted as to me it was just plain littering. A business wouldnt throw out 50 odd leaflets or food wrappers on the street. Just because they float upward and out of site doesnt mean they are not litter when they land. They obviously werent thinking about where they were going to land as it would be far far away out of sight and not on their land. Not their problem! I was also annoyed as Id read that they posed a danger to wildlife as birds and marine creatures can mistake them for food similar to plastic bags and can choke on the remains.
The following Saturday to my shock horror when I drew back the curtains there were pink blue and yellow balloons (yes all colour co-ordinated) promoting their latest cut deal offer. This time there must have been over 100 balloons gracefully bobbing in the breeze. I wont go into the next half an hour but it involved me stomping around the house whilst my poor long suffering partner looked on bemused followed by me marching across the road to see the manger.
Luckily I d found some info on the net about balloon littering and that organisations could be fined up to