Where do balloons go after?
Delight is served, balloons are taken down. Calgary Party 50 collects popped biodegradable latex balloons after each exhibit to dispose properly. This has been done since 2017 as part of the turnaroud service. Per City of Calgary Landfill Guidelines, balloons are assigned to the black bin for disposal.
These balloons can't go to the green bin as decomposition is much slower rate compared to household organic waste.
Maria Galura has been working on a 3-year development plan to divert the popped balloons from the landfill. This is a series of options for popped latex balloon optimization vs. outright landfill disposal.
Please stay tuned for the sustainability plan coming in second quarter 2021.