*** CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCE PROHIBITING USE OF
GASOLINE-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS; BATTERY OPERATED LEAF BLOWERS WILL
CONTINUE TO BE ALLOWED ***
New AQMD Leaf Blower Exchange Program
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Leaf Blower Exchange program is being replaced with the year-round Commercial Electric Lawn and Garden Incentive & Exchange Program. This new program will launch in early September 2018 and will include a variety of commercial battery electric lawn and garden equipment.
Below is some basic information on the new program:
Commercial Electric Lawn & Garden Equipment Incentive and Exchange Program:
Previous Leaf Blower Exchange Programs included gas blowers, this new program excludes all gasoline equipment, only battery/electric equipment will be available.
Eligible participants: Professional landscapers, cities, counties, school districts, colleges and non-profits.
No preregistration required. Once program details are confirmed, eligible participants can purchase equipment directly from the pre-selected manufacturers. This is a replacement program which requires the scrapping of an equivalent gasoline powered unit.
A list of manufacturers, costs of new battery electric equipment and participating locations will be provided at the time of the program launch in September. To receive information about this program and to be notified of the program start date, sign up at www.aqmd.gov/sign-up. Select "Commercial Lawn and Garden Exchange" and enter your email address for official notifications. You can also call 888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday) for information.
City of Palm Springs City Council Votes to Ban all Gasoline Powered Leaf Blowers Effective January 1, 2019.
On June 23, 2016, at a joint meeting of the City Council and Sustainability Commission, the City Council received a presentation on development of regulations limiting the use of leaf blowers throughout the City, and directed the Sustainability Commission to conduct studies and develop options for the reductions and/or elimination of gas powered leaf blowers.
Subsequently, following Council’s direction, at its meeting of December 20, 2016, the Sustainability Commission unanimously approved a recommendation that the City Council phase out gas powered leaf blowers and eliminate them in all areas/zoning of the City by December 31, 2018. The Sustainability Commission also recommended a program to test battery powered blowers and other maintenance equipment by City employees and contractors, and that the City provide an exchange program for gardener/landscaper-owned gas powered leaf blowers.
At its meeting of May 17, 2017, the City Council considered an Ordinance to amend the Palm Springs Municipal Code to prohibit the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers with an effective date of January 1, 2019. At that time, the Council directed staff to review and return for consideration an Ordinance prohibiting the use of both gasoline-powered and electrical/battery-powered leaf blowers within the City.
This item has returned to Council upon its direction and will allow Council to consider adopting an Ordinance to regulate the operation of leaf blowers (either gasoline-powered, or both gasoline-powered and electrical/battery-powered).
At the July 19, 2017 City Council Meeting the following Ordinance was approved:
Waive the reading of text in its entirety, read by title only, and introduce for first reading Ordinance No. _(TBD)_, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ADDING SUBSECTION (k) TO SECTION 11.74.043 AND SECTION 5.78.050, AND AMENDING SECTION 5.78.010 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE, REGARDING LOUD, UNUSUAL NOISES AND LANDSCAPE RELATED BUSINESSES, PROHIBITING GASOLINE POWERED LEAF BLOWERS IN THE CITY AS A PER SE NUISANCE COMMENCING ON JANUARY 1, 2019, AND PROVIDING FOR REGULATION OF ELECTRICAL OR BATTERY POWERED LEAF BLOWERS.”
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