City Passes Leaf Blower Ordinance to Help Achieve Bold Climate Action Plan Goals

City Passes Leaf Blower Ordinance to Help Achieve Bold Climate Action Plan Goals

Encinitas, CA – The Encinitas City Council on August 21 approved a comprehensive Leaf Blower Ordinance to be effective September 20, 2019 with implementation phased in over the next four months.

The new ordinance becomes law on September 20, 2019, and will apply to all municipal operations on this date. All commercial operators (defined as “…any person who, for compensation or hire, engages in providing services or products…”) will have three (3) months to comply from the effective date or by December 20, 2019. 

The ordinance becomes operative for any person defined as “…any person, business, corporation, or event organizer or promoter; public, nonprofit or private entity, agency or institution; or partnership, association or other organization or group, however organized…” four (4) months from the effective date or by January 20, 2020.

Along with the adoption of the ordinance, the City Council also approved a new City-funded rebate program designed to partially subsidize residents and business owners for the cost of purchasing a new electric or battery-powered leaf blower.

“Eliminating the use of gas-powered leaf blowers reduces the emissions that pollute our environment and the level of noise that degrades Encinitas resident’s quality of life,” said Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “This change is another step toward meeting the City’s ambitious Climate Action Plan goals.”

The goal of the City’s CAP is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 41% by 2030.  It is estimated that the Leaf Blower Ordinance will reduce local GHG emissions by 128 metric tons of CO2 emissions (MTCO2E) by the end of 2020, and 142 MTCO2E by 2030.

Key elements of the ordinance are:

  • Prohibits the use of all gas-powered leaf blowers citywide in January 2020;
  • Allows for the use of electric or battery-powered leaf blowers;
  • Requires responsible use of blower equipment to control dust and noise;
  • Restricts leaf blower hours of operation to between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays; and
  • Provides for a phased-in operative date schedule.

A copy of the ordinance along with key details about the ordinance and the electric or battery powered leaf blower rebate program is posted on the City of Encinitas’ website at http://encinitasca.gov/Climate.

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ABOUT THE CITY OF ENCINITAS

Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 63,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.

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