Seattle council OKs plan to ban gas-powered leaf blowers | National government and new policies

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to plan to phase out gas-powered blowers for city services and contractors by 2025 and businesses and residents by 2027, “or later, if necessary”.

The resolution passed Tuesday directs city departments to develop plans and devise a public education strategy around the transition, The Seattle Times reported.

The new policy would require city employees, as well as Seattle businesses and residents, to use electric leaf blowers, rakes and brooms instead.

The resolution calls on city departments to conduct a racial equity analysis, gather feedback from landscaping companies and consider financial incentives for those companies and low-income residents.

Council member Alex Pedersen sponsored the resolution, citing noise, health and environmental concerns.

People also read…

“As we make sure the city government leads by example, there will be plenty of time for the private market to follow” whether it’s using other tools “or just letting the leaves rot.” naturally,” he said.

Seattle City Services owns 418 gas-powered leaf blowers and about 70 electric leaf blowers. Parks Department tests in 2019 showed that electric fans could handle dry conditions.

Other cities, including Los Angeles and Washington, DC, have banned gas-powered leaf blowers. LA’s ban was lightly enforced. DC’s ban is succeeding, a Seattle council representative said last month.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Comments are closed.