Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Balloon Ban

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — State lawmakers are considering a ban on the sale, distribution and release of any type of balloons in Massachusetts.

An Environmental Committee Tuesday is hearing the proposed bill from state Rep. Sarah Peak, banning the use of balloons, "including, but not limited to, plastic, latex or mylar, filled with any type of lighter than air gas, both for public or private use."

The towns of Chatham, Nantucket and Block Island have already enacted balloon bans with supporters arguing they threaten wildlife and the environment. Opponents worry about the impact on businesses.

The Environmental Committee is also considering a directive for restaurants not to offer single-use plastic straws unless requested by customers, and several bills that aim to reduce the skyrocketing municipal costs of recycling.

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