Recreation and culture
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This waste pollution may result from:
A large amount of waste pollution comes from events and recreation areas. Events include concerts in public parks, weddings, birthday parties, parades, balloon releases and religious festivals. Although councils clean up public spaces, a lot of litter gets blown away by the wind or washed away by stormwater.
Halloween is a good example of a festival where a great amount of plastic decorations may be dislodged by strong winds. Such unintentional littering can have wide-ranging impacts on human and animal health.
Releasing balloons in Queensland is considered littering whether it is deliberate or accidental. Balloons can end up hundreds of kilometres away, causing great harm to the environment and wildlife. Balloons are deadly to marine life and birds—ingesting them is 32 times more likely than hard plastic to result in death. Suggestions on balloons replacements (such as bubbles) can be found here.
Waste in the recreation and culture sector moves through the environment via four pathways:
Last updated: 11 January 2021
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2021) Recreation and culture, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/pressures/litter-illegal-dumping/sources/recreation/