Electric leaf blower resolution adopted by Council

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Karen Story

May 12, 2023, 4:59:46 PMMay 12
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Highlands neighbors:

On April 18 the Kirkland City Council adopted an Electric Leaf Blower Initiative. It has four goals: 

  • Sunset the use of gas-powered hand-held and backpack leaf blowers in Kirkland by a target date of December 31, 2025
  • Reduce negative health impacts caused by gas emissions
  • Ensure a responsive transition to electric leaf blowers that reduces the burden and maximizes the potential benefit to Kirkland landscaping businesses and residents
  • Be proactive in anticipation of potential State decisions to sunset gas-powered equipment  
Learn more at https://www.kirklandwa.gov/Government/Departments/Sustainability-Center/City-Environmental-Actions/The-Electric-Leaf-Blower-Initiative.

Please spread the word that this is coming. Talk to your yard service company and urge them to make the transition as soon as possible. Offer to let them use your electric blower or to charge their blower battery using your outlet. Consider asking them to use a rake instead of a blower, and to leave leaves in garden beds, where they provide mulch for plants and habitat for beneficial insects and birds.

Learn more about natural yard care at https://www.kirklandwa.gov/Government/Departments/Public-Works-Department/Storm-Surface-Water/What-You-Can-Do-For-Clean-Water/Natural-Yard-Care.

Email City Council at cityc...@kirklandwa.gov with comments.

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