Last month, the Illinois General Assembly introduced Senate Bill 3313, which would prohibit the sale and operation of gas powered leaf blowers throughout the state of Illinois! The bill cites safety concerns with GLBs and pollution as the reasons for proposing the statewide ban.
Gas powered leaf blowers generate noise at a decibel level that can cause hearing loss in a short amount of time. And can send dust and other small particles into the air for considerable distances including animal feces, trace amounts of heavy metals such as lead, and allergens such as pollen and mold.
California also is planning to phase out gasoline-powered lawn equipment, including GLBs, which are worse emitters than cars.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Running a lawn mower for an hour generates as much smog-forming pollution as driving a 2017 Toyota Camry from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, according to the California Air Resources Board, which works to keep the air clean. A leaf blower is worse — all the way to Denver. Daily exposure to the fumes also increases cancer risks, a 2018 air board study found.
Last year, a survey by the renewable energy company, Sandbar Solar, found that 54% of New Yorkers were willing to make lifestyle changes in order to fight climate change. Well, here is something we can do that is easy and will make a huge, positive impact. Ask your landscaping company not to use leaf blowers, and if they must, ask them to switch to more sustainable, less polluting battery-powered blowers. The choice is clear!