Burlingame Leaf Blower Ordinance

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At its regular meeting on Monday, August 15, 2011, the Burlingame City Council introduced an ordinance that restricts the use of leaf blowers within the boundaries of the City of Burlingame. The use of gasoline engine powered leaf blowers results in the release of significant amounts of carbon emissions into the City of Burlingame’s air each year; the prolific use of this type of equipment has the potential to create significant clean-air and health impacts for the community. In addition to the potential impacts attributable to carbon emissions from leaf blowers, their use disturbs ground-borne particulate matter that, when airborne, can be ingested by the general public, potentially affecting long-term health. Finally, the use of leaf blowers in the community negatively impacts the quality of life enjoyed by residents of the community through the creation of excessive noise during times when residents are present within their homes. For these reasons, the City Council of the City of Burlingame supports greater restrictions upon the times during which leaf blowers may be used within the community, as well as a ban on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers within all residential areas of the community.

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