Latex balloons are biodegradable, they degrade in roughly the same amount of time as an oak leaf. Once they are deflated they can be safely disposed of on a compost heap (cover them to prevent them moving from the compost heap) or put into general waste where they will rot down.
Regardless of this, these balloons should never be released into the environment whilst still inflated to float up into the sky. This is because there is no control over where they will come back down to earth and may cause harm to wildlife. The governing body for our industry prevents us from selling balloons for the purpose of releasing into the environment while filled with helium.
Balloons made from foil are very harmful and should never released into the environment. Once deflated these balloons can be recycled in most cases as most Council recycling bins will accept them, check with your Council if you are not sure. You can always return your used balloons to us and we will dispose of them using the most appropriate method. If your balloons are in a reusable state when you return them to us we can offer them to local community groups to use again, such as care homes.
If you have any questions about recycling your balloons please just contact us, we are here to help and advise.