ENVIRONMENT
12/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloons Recycle Helium This Year

Today marks the 82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It also marks the second year that the helium used in some of the over-sized balloons will be recovered and recycled.

Linde North America is the provider of the helium used to inflate and lift the giant balloons, which include the likes of Snoopy, Buzz Lightyear, Kermit the Frog and Shrek. They will also lead the recovery and recycling effort of the helium from the balloons, focusing on the 31 medium-sized novelty balloons in the parade.

Steve Penn, head of global helium for Linde, said, "Linde's recovery and recycling efforts will positively impact the conservation of helium. Macy's has worked hand in hand with us to reduce the total amount of helium it uses year-on-year. Now Linde is applying helium recovery principles used successfully in other industries and in last year's Parade to increase the amount of helium that can be recaptured for recycling."

Read more on http://earth911.com/blog/2008/11/27/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-to-recycle-helium/