Anyone who has done a beach cleanup or who just visits the beach regularly knows the problem with balloons. They are essentially airborne litter that eventually becomes ground, beach, and ocean litter.
Amazingly, state laws are not helpful on this at all, in fact they amount to state-sanctioned littering. In NJ, you can release up to 25 balloons into the air without penalty. Absurd since if you dropped them on the ground before blowing them up you’d be violating litter laws. But if you blow them up, and let them go, no problem.
Thanks to the good folks at Balloonsblow.org for listing all the state laws on balloons. Check out their Facebook Page too, they are doing lots of great activism to stop balloon releases, raise awareness and more.