Things To Note When You Dispose of Your Used Foil Balloons

Things To Note When You Dispose of Your Used Foil Balloons

When it comes to decorations that make any event stand out, none can do it better than the humble balloon and its many beautiful variations. One such type that has become a fan favourite for many event managers and everyday party hosts is foil balloons, also known as Mylar balloons. They come in virtually all sorts of shapes, colours, sizes, characters, and more, so your imagination is the limit on what kind of décor arrangement you can think of using these fun and versatile ornaments.

However, one thing to note about foil balloons is that they are not biodegradable, meaning they will not break down over time. Therefore, it is recommended to refrain from letting them float away to the sky or be tossed out as they will only pollute the environment. If you’re planning to make full use of foil balloons for your next big event, kindly take note of the following tips when disposing of your balloons!

Proper Disposal For Foil Balloons

Foil balloons are not biodegradable since they are typically made of synthetic materials. If you are disposing your used foil balloons, recycling is a good way of doing so. Most recycling companies and local recycling centres generally accept the materials that make up foil balloons. But before thinking about what to do with your foil balloons after the event, we must first get them deflated first. Below are the instructions on how to do just that.

Steps To Deflate Your Foil Balloons

Big foil balloons generally use helium, while the smaller ones use regular air. To deflate foil balloons that use helium, you first need a cocktail straw and proceed with the following steps:

Step 1: Pierce the balloon flap with the straw.

Step 2: Push the straw slightly deeper into the balloon slowly and carefully. Take care not to damage of walls of the balloon and the flap so you can still reuse it.

Step 3: Next, release the helium from the balloon by pressing on the different parts to get all the gas out.

Step 4: If some gas remains, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck out what’s left.

After you’re done, the balloon should now be as flat as a piece of paper. It is then ready to be disposed and recycled. We do not recommend consumers to reuse foil balloons as it will not look as aesthetically pleasing the second time you inflate it, and the balloon might not float as well as before.


Foil balloons are beautiful balloon ornaments that can fit well into any celebration or decor arrangement you can think of. However, just be mindful that they are not biodegradable like latex balloons, so do ensure to take the proper steps to recycle them.

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