Montgomery County recently amended the County’s Noise law to prohibit certain gas leaf blowers–here’s what you need to know!
Sales of gas-powered handheld, backpack and walk-behind leaf blowers and leave vacuums are prohibited starting July 1, 2024.
Use of gas-powered handheld, backpack and walk-behind leaf blowers and leave vacuums are prohibited starting July 1, 2025.
The only exemption for this law are agricultural producers working on agriculturally zoned properties.
Two-stroke engines like gas leaf blowers have an outsized impact on worker health, air quality, and the environment. Here’s just a few reasons why gas leaf blowers are problematic:
Making the change from gas leaf blowers to electric can be an upfront cost, but the savings will pay back quickly in the costs of fuel and maintenance. Your health and the health of workers will be greatly improved working with electric machines. Not to mention, no more trips to the gas station, no hazardous fuel cleanups from spills, no concerns about the right oil/fuel mixture, no more air filter cleaning or spark plug replacements, and improved safety from less noise and cleaner air.
For those of us not willing to use a rake, battery technology is much cleaner than fossil fuels. 90% of battery components can be recycled and reused over and over–once gas is burned, it’s only a pollutant in our air. And electric machines can be powered from renewable energy sources, like solar and wind–something fossil fuels can never do.
It is important to invest in quality equipment, like machines that have been rigorously tested by AGZA, to ensure you are buying machines with well-built and long lasting batteries.
While you might have to break out a rake a day’s work of heavy, wet leaves, or mow leaves for properties with lots of trees, good electric leaf blowers have come a long way and can do most jobs. Landscapers might need to have extra batteries for heavy work, and modifications to their trailers or workshops to charge multiple batteries safely. Shop wisely and charge smartly!
Yes, the County’s noise law has fines. Noise violations are $500 for the first violation. With 18 months to make the transition, we are confident that folks with be working with electric leaf blowers well before then. The County is working on development of a rebate program to help our community make the transition. Stay tuned!