An End to Gas Leaf Blowers in Santa Cruz
“Why did we tolerate these things for so long?”
Let’s face it, no one has ever liked the noise and fumes of leaf blowers, but tolerance for gas-powered leaf blowers is at an all-time low. It’s easy to see why–many more properties are being maintained by landscaping companies, most of those companies still use gas leaf blowers, and since so much work and living happens at home these days, there is no escaping them. Battery-powered leaf blowers are now as capable as gas ones for most purposes, so the continued polluting and disruption of our neighborhoods with gas-powered leaf blowers is not just unhealthy and obnoxious, it’s sensless as well.
Our City, Our Choice: Noisy and Toxic or Peaceful and Healthy?
If everyone reading this ditches their leaf blower, it will help–but isolated actions only go so far. If we care as a community about our health and environment, we’ll finally pass a sensible ordinance and join the 48 other towns and cities across California that have banned gas-powered leaf blowers (see map). Pacific Grove, our neighbor across the bay, banned them in 2020 by a vote of 7-0. City residents value our clean air and the health of our families and laborers–so why does Santa Cruz still allow these outdated, noxious machines?
Santa Cruz City Policies
The City of Santa Cruz committed to considering health, equity, and sustainability in all operations and policies (Health in All Policies), yet the city council has still not considered restricting gas-powered leaf blowers, perhaps the least efficient, most toxic machines in the city. There are better alternatives, so restricting gas blowers is low-hanging fruit–an easy way to remove a well-documented threat to clean air and health and show the city is serious about its commitment to Health in All Policies.
Santa Cruz has not yet taken this sensible and overdue step. Santa Cruz C.H.A.S.E. is working to make that happen.
Take a quick action now
The most powerful action you can do is send a message to city council–and we’ve made it easy.
Click the logo below and write a short message about how the noise and pollution of leaf blowers impacts you and your family. It will be sent to all council members.
Gas-powered leaf blowers are outdated devices that disturb the peace while spewing a host of harmful toxins and pollutants into the neighborhood. It’s like using a jackhammer to kill some weeds–it’s overkill, the wrong tool for the job, inflicting extreme noise on hundreds of neighbors and spreading airborne pollutants far beyond.
Gas powered leaf blowers inflict large public pain for a small private gain.
Learn more about the unique, high impacts of leaf blowers on residents, landscapers, and our city. Or if you don’t need convincing, jump to solutions below!
Talk to your landscaper and neighbors about the impacts of leaf blowers, and help make the voluntary transition to quiet/clean tools in your neighborhood. Check out our page on clean alternatives that are a win-win for everyone.
Press our city council to address the problem long term, with a solid ordinance.
You can write to the city council, get the yard sign, send a letter to the editor, and more.
Learn more about how you can help
Santa Cruz Coalition for a Healthy & Safe Environment
Santa Cruz, CA