After Monday’s vote, Massachusetts voters approved the new law. Gas-powered leaf blowers with gas engines will soon be phased out, and eventually removed from one Massachusetts municipality. Lexington’s Select Board voted previously to ban the noisy machines. At a November Town Meeting, 85% of the votes approved the ban. The results of Monday’s Town Election were 3351 to 2 740 in favor of this bylaw. It will only apply to spring and fall seasons and will be in effect in fall 2022. WickedLocal reported that Lexington will ban all commercial landscapers from using gas-powered leafblowers beginning March 15, 2025, and ending one year later. According to records, the primary argument in favor of the bylaw amendment was based on the machines’ noise. Also, toxic emissions and adverse environmental consequences were part of the argument.”It started because the noise has become intolerable. More than intolerable, it’s dangerous,”Dan Koretz, Quiet Clean Lexington. “It’s also important because it’s very very dirty machines.”Commercial landscapers hoped a public referendum would overturn the law, which they claimed would force them into expensive new equipment. Massachusetts’ Attorney General must approve any changes to town laws.
LEXINGTON, Mass. —
After Monday’s vote, Massachusetts voters approved a new bylaw that will phase out gas-powered leaf blowers and eventually ban them from one Massachusetts town.
Lexington’s Select Board had previously voted to ban the noisy machines. 85% of voters approved the ban at a November Town meeting. Resultsof Monday’s Town Election were 3,351 – 2,740 in support of the bylaw.
Effective with the fall 2022 the bylaw will limit gas-powered blowers’ use to a small number of hours each day during spring and autumn seasons.
Beginning March 15, 2025, Lexington will ban all gas-powered leaf blowers used for commercial landscaping purposes. It will also end one year later. WickedLocal reports.
RecordingsDuring the public discussion, the primary arguments for the bylaw change were related to the machine’s noise. The argument also included harmful environmental effects as well as toxic emissions.
“It started because the noise has become intolerable. More than intolerable, it’s dangerous,”Dan Koretz, Quiet Clean Lexington. “It’s also important because it’s very very dirty machines.”
Commercial landscapers hoped that the bylaw would be invalidated by a public vote. They feared this would force them to purchase expensive new equipment.
Massachusetts’ Attorney General must approve changes to town regulations.