The Department of Environment and Natural Resources urges Cove Manila to halt their world-record attempt to drop the largest number of balloons during a New Year’s Eve countdown which was to be held in Okada Manila.
“We urge Cove Manila and Okada Manila to cancel the balloon drop activity and to redirect their efforts towards more sustainable, environmentally-friendly activities that the majority of Filipinos will enjoy and be proud of,” DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau said in a statement released on Sunday.
Cove Manila announced that 130,000 balloons will be dropped in an indoor dome during the event on December 31.
Following backlash, Cove Manila defended their event by saying that the event is indoors and that the balloons to be used are biodegradable.
According to Cove Manila, the balloons are made of biodegradable latex materials and will be recycled after the event.
Despite the assurance from organizers, the DENR said that the balloon drop is still discouraged.
“Biodegradable balloons, although made of natural latex, may take six (6) months to four (4) years or more to decompose naturally, depending on the amount and on the ability of microorganisms to breakdown large quantities. These are still harmful if ingested by wildlife and still contribute to waste, despite the observance of proper disposal guidelines,” the DENR said in their official statement.
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