Phasing Out Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers at County Facilities

Published on
08/24/2022
electric leaf blower blowing leaves

 

In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, the Park Authority and Department of Public Works and Environmental Services are in the process of phasing out gas-powered blowers. Parks has discontinued the purchase of gas-powered blowers and are exclusively purchasing battery-powered blowers moving forward. The Park Authority, with a fleet of more than 100 leaf blowers, currently has a small inventory of battery-powered blowers being used at various maintenance shops. 

In support of efforts to protect the health of residents and the environment as identified in the Countywide Strategic Plan, we are also encouraging the use of battery-powered blowers by contractors and residents.

Why consider changing?

  1. Battery-powered lawn equipment is less harmful to the environment than gas-powered lawn equipment.
  2. Battery-powered lawn equipment doesn’t produce emissions that are unhealthy to breathe and that can worsen asthma or other respiratory conditions.
  3. The noise from gas-powered lawn equipment is significantly louder than the noise produced by battery-powered lawn equipment.
  4. Environmentally speaking, gas-powered leaf blowers are often worse than many vehicles on the road today. Two stroke engines are dirty and emit greenhouse gases, which are harmful to the environment.
  5. Electric versions of lawn equipment such as leaf blowers are generally more cost-effective to operate. Both battery-powered and plug-in versions are available.

Learn more about making the switch to electric-powered lawn equipment.

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