WHY BAN ALL LEAF BLOWERS?
The public health benefits for banning all leaf blowers are greater than private right to inexpensive garden maintenance. There are cheap, viable, zero emissions options for people who prefer perfectly manicured landscapes. It is fair to expect these individuals to pay a slightly higher service cost as opposed to allowing them to pollute the environment in pursuit of their aesthetic ambition.
Leaf blowers pose the greatest threat to the health and hearing of the untold numbers of landscape workers who use them on a daily basis, in most cases without adequate protective equipment, for intervals that far exceed OSHA guidelines.
A leaf blower ban will reduce carbon emissions in our community and therefore improve the health and quality of life of its citizens.
Because they are designed to be air-cooled, the engines release 100% of their tailgate emissions directly into the environment. Small sources of emissions, such as leaf blowers, can add up to be large polluters. By banning leaf blowers the City of San Mateo can make a positive stride towards upholding state and national emission reduction goals.
Leaf blowers are a significant source of noise pollution in our community.
Leaf blowers depredate soil quality
Gasoline-driven leaf blowers have been banned in scores of California counties, including Los Angeles and hundreds of municipalities across the U.S. and Canada, and none of the horrors that were predicted by landscapers - untidy lawns, escalating costs, declining property values - have ever come to pass.