About Us

Welcome to PreventBalloonLitter.org.  You can help prevent balloon-related litter.  This site provides alternatives to balloon release to celebrate and remember people and special events.

Balloons are usually the first or second most commonly found litter item on Virginia’s beaches. The Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan identified balloons and their attachments (often made of nonbiodegradable plastics) as one of the top five most harmful types of marine debris.  Reducing this common and harmful type of marine debris is part of the VA CZM Program’s commitment to implementing the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body’s Ocean Action Plan.

This website is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University through grants from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management.


Virginia DEQ logoThe Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program is a network of state agencies and coastal localities. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality serves as the lead agency for the network.