Seattle City Council approves plan banning gas-powered leaf blowers

Leaf blowers, begone.

Tuesday’s unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council was for passage a resolution stating the council’s intent to phase out the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers by city departments and contractors by 2025 and by businesses and residents by 2027, “or later, if necessary.”

The resolution requires city departments to create plans to achieve those goals and to plan a public education strategy to support the transition. The council hasn’t calculated how much the transition could cost the departments that use gas-powered leaf blowers.

The new policy will require city workers to use electric leaf blowers, shovels and rakes to remove leaves, grass clippings and dust.

The resolution asks city departments to analyze racial equity and solicit input from landscaping firms, as well consider financial incentives for such businesses, as well as low-income residents.

The resolution was sponsored by Alex Pedersen (a Councilmember). He cited noise, noise health, and environmental concerns. Seattle must get rid all gas-powered leaf-blowers. These devices provide power and cleanup, but Seattle should not use them. “the harmful sounds, the toxic fumes, the filthy debris”Pedersen called it the “Pedersen Method”. “terrible machines,”He said.

“As we make the city government lead by example, there will be plenty of time for the private market to follow,”Whether you use other tools “or just letting the leaves decompose naturally,”He said.

There are 418 gasoline-powered blowers in Seattle, and 70 electric leaf fans. In 2019, the Parks Department tested electric blowers and found that they could handle dry conditions.

Other cities, like Los Angeles or Washington, D.C., have banned leaf blowers powered by gas. L.A.’s ban has been sparsely enforced. D.C.’s ban is succeeding, a representative told the Seattle council last month.

Seattle City Council approves plan banning gas-powered leaf blowers

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