The Balloon Debris Survey closed August 2nd, 2021.
Thank you to everyone who submitted data and participated in this citizen science project!
The survey results are available for download and can be viewed on the Survey Dashboard and Survey Maps pages. You can also read more the issue, see ideas for balloon release alternatives, and more.
The citizen/community science Balloon Debris Survey ran from July 2019 to July 2021. During that time, volunteers collected data on more than 3,000 pieces of balloon debris from all over the world, including the Great Lakes, Canada, the UK, and Australia.
This data has helped raise awareness about the dangers of balloon releases and the impact balloon litter can have on the environment and wildlife. This study has also made an impact on policy as more cities and states are introducing legislation to ban intentional balloon released, including Illinois (HB 418) and Michigan (HB 5373 and SB675).
Thank you again for all of your help and support gathering data and raising awareness!
*And, while this survey is closed, you can still collect data on any plastic litter you find, including balloons, with the free Litterati app. Litterati is an open source database that is used by researchers, scientists, environmental organizations, policy makers, local communities and more to better understand and address plastic pollution.
Also, check out SciStater for more ways to become involved with other citizen science projects ranging from environmental conservation to astrology and human health!