Ban on Leaf Blowers starting Dec 16 2023
Gas-powered leaf blowers pollute the environment in 3 ways: exhaust emissions, noise, and particulates/dust blown into the air. Per the Department of Environmental Conservation website: "Emissions from gas-powered leaf blowers are substantial. The amount of CO (carbon monoxide) emitted from a typical backpack leaf blower for just 1 hour is equal to CO coming from the tailpipe of a current year automobile operating for over 8 hours. For the other pollutants, the amounts are even greater." Click here to learn more about a state bill prohibiting gas-powered leaf and lawn blowers.
In Westchester, a growing number of municipalities have already enacted strict regulations or outright bans on the use of gas powered leaf blowers. Irvington has a schedule, required permits and a ban coming in 2023. See Local Law #8 2020. Scroll down to see the amendments to that law dated May 2023.
The village has already converted 90% of its gas powered leaf blower and mower equipment to electric, with the remaining 10% of gas powered machines retained as backup for extreme circumstances.