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    Buying a new gasoline-powered leaf blower, lawn mower, string trimmer, chain saw or other outdoor gardening tool in California that runs on fossil fuels may soon be a tradition of the past. On Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a first-in-the-nation law to require new small-engine equipment used in landscaping to emit zero pollution — meaning battery-operated or plug-in models only...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 1346 into law on Saturday, which moves to outlaw the sale of gas-powered equipment that uses small motors, primarily impacting the state’s landscaping industry. This law follows Newsom’s 2020 executive order that prohibits the sale of all gas-powered vehicles by 2035. According to the AP, “state officials say running a gas-powered leaf blower for one hour emits...
    California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomThe only way to eliminate the risk of catastrophic oil spills is to stop drilling Coast Guard: California oil leak likely caused by damage that happened months ago California becomes first state to mandate high school ethnic studies course MORE (D) signed a bill on Saturday that moves to ban gas-powered lawn equipment in the state...
    According to Berman, California will spend $30 million to assist professional landscapers and gardeners make the transition from gas-powered to electric equipment. However, an industry expert who spoke to the Times said that an estimated 50,000 California businesses will be impacted by the new law and $30 million won't be enough to help them cover the costs the new law...
    SACRAMENTO —  California will outlaw the sale of new gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers and chainsaws as early as 2024 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday. The law requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emissions — essentially to be battery operated or plug-in — by that target date or as soon...
    For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer. “I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like listening to music when I do yardwork and this way I can enjoy music or a podcast while I work,” he said. “I...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The exhaust and ear-splitting sounds of gas-powered leaf blowers are set to become a thing of the past at San Francisco city parks, as the blowers will soon be replaced by electric ones. According to the city’s Recreation and Park Department, blowers with two-stroke engines will be phased out starting in August for models that...
    HAYWARD (CBS SF/BCN) — Gas-powered leaf blowers could be booted from Hayward, as the city’s Planning Commission considers a ban on using the devices at residences Thursday evening. City staff are recommending the ban that would start in 2024 because of noise complaints from residents and the desire to reduce carbon emissions in the city. READ MORE: California Drought 2021:...
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s largest city is banning the use of loud, gas-powered leaf blowers. The City Council passed a phased-in ban this week, the Burlington Free Press reported. It mandates moving to quieter electric-powered leaf blowers, which will be required for all municipal departments in August. All businesses and Burlington residents will be required to comply by...
    ALAMEDA — Alameda may ban gas-powered leaf blowers in about two years, according to a city report, but that’s not fast enough for one councilwoman. Councilwoman Trish Herrera Spencer put the prohibition of the machines on the city council’s agenda last Tuesday, saying it should be a bigger priority for the city. However, she was not able to muster enough...
    OAKLAND — Starting this month, those who violate Oakland’s new ban on gas-powered leaf blowers could face penalties. The Oakland City Council unanimously adopted the ordinance last October, banning both residents and gardening services from operating combustion engine-powered leaf blowers or string trimmers in the city. A six-month grace period has allowed gardeners to make adjustments for the new rule...
    ALAMEDA — They’re noisy, send birds fluttering out of trees and seriously annoy anyone who enjoys a little peace and quiet. They’re gas-powered leaf blowers, and in addition to disturbing neighborhood serenity, the machines contribute to climate change by emitting carbon dioxide, critics say. Now, Alameda is considering banning gardeners from using them to sweep up leaves and other yard...
    With more people working from home, some residents of Montgomery County are backing a petition demanding a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, blaming them for air pollution and deafening noise. As of Wednesday morning, nearly 3,000 people had signed a Change.org petition asking county officials for a complete ban on gas-powered leaf blowers from properties less than three-quarters of an...
    Another municipality in Westchester County has placed a seasonal ban on the usage of gas-powered leaf blowers.  The first annual ban on the loud maintenance machines will take place in the Village of Irvington-on-Hudson between Wednesday, Dec. 16 until Monday, March 15 of 2021.  Gas-powered leaf blowers can only be used for snow removal, or in the case of an...
    After three years of research, revision and debates, a town in Northern Westchester voted unanimously to adopt restrictions limiting the usage of gas-powered leaf blowers within their community.  The new legislation approved in New Castle aims to reduce emissions and noise pollution, and will only prohibit the usage of the equipment between June 1 and Sept. 30, starting in 2021. ...
    LARCHMONT, Westchester County (WABC) -- Cleaning up your yard will be a bit more difficult for residents and gardeners in the Village of Larchmont in the future.The Village of Larchmont Board of Trustees unanimously passed a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers effective January 1, 2022.It's the first complete ban in the Northeast United States.They also limited electric leaf blowers to...
    In a unanimous and unprecedented decision, officials in a Westchester County municipality voted to ban gas-powered leaf blowers effective January 2022, becoming the first community in the Northeast to take such action.  The Monday, Sept. 21 decision, according to the Village of Larchmont's Board of Trustees, was driven by environmental concerns.  “Larchmont is proud to be a leader in municipal...
    In a unanimous and unprecedented decision, officials in a Westchester County municipality voted to ban gas-powered leaf blowers effective January 2022, becoming the first community in the United States to take such action.  The Monday, Sept. 21 decision, according to the Village of Larchmont's Board of Trustees, was driven by environmental concerns.  “Larchmont is proud to be a leader in...
    Over the years in Maryland, people in the Town of Chevy Chase have complained about the noise of gas-powered leaf blowers, but not much was done — then COVID-19 happened. Now, with Zoom meetings and distance learning being drowned-out by the gas-powered blowers’ whiny rattle, the town is being asked to incrementally ban the stronger, but noisier, dirtier alternative to...
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