Confetti is Litter
Source: City of Santa Barbara, Parks and Recreation Department
The City of Santa Barbara would like to remind the community that throwing and leaving confetti, sequins, and glitter on the ground is littering.
The use of confetti at Santa Barbara parades and festivals is growing, in both the number of events where confetti is used and the volume of confetti tossed.
While confetti eggs or cascarones have long been a tradition at Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days, we are now seeing large bags of confetti being dumped on our sidewalks, streets, and parks during Summer Solstice, Fourth of July, Fiesta, and Holiday parades and celebrations.
In addition to paper confetti, the volume of shiny metallic confetti, sequins, and glitter is increasing. These are all made of plastic and are often mistaken for food and consumed by birds and other animals. Confetti can easily wash or blow into our storm drains, creeks, and ocean, where it poses a threat to aquatic life.
Event organizers, Downtown Santa Barbara, and City staff all work in concert to clean up after community events, but confetti is particularly difficult to pick up. Even following extensive sweeping and vacuuming of our sidewalks and streets, confetti remains trapped in concrete and asphalt, between bricks and pavers, in planters and parkways, and in the grass in our parks.
While you’re celebrating in Santa Barbara, we encourage you to choose paper confetti and use it sparingly!
Learn more at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Confetti.