Vancouver councillors Adriane Carr and Sarah Kirby-Yung presented their motions to Vancouver City council on June 15th. They aim for a ban against leaf blowers and other gas-powered gardening tools.
What is being asked?
Carr and Kirby-Yung’s motions were presented separately but offered similar requests. Both proposals focu
ssed on limiting sound pollution as well as air pollution, two of the major consequences that arise from using gas-powered tools. The landscaping tools in question include; gas-powered leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, edge trimmers, lawnmowers and chain saws. Councillors ask that these tools be completely phased out of the city by 2025.
d interview with Global Green News, Carr states:
The difference between the two councillors’ motions lies in the details. Kirby-Yung, an independent councillor addresses the four-stroke leaf blowers which tend to be less powerful than the two-stroke leaf blower. Carr, however, does not address these issues in her motions, stating that four-stroke engines are less commonly used. Additionally, Metro Vancouver ensures that these tools are licensed and a hefty fee is enforced on equipment that is most polluting. They also offer a three-year rebate for users who decide they would like to switch to electric alternatives.
There have been two motions passed from the city of Vancouver. The first was made by Dave Demers in 2019 to switch out all gas-powered two-stroke engines to electrical on all public park equipment. Since last December, thirty-three per cent of park board equipment has been switched
In the same interview with Global Green News, Carr explained:
That is why Carr’s motion allows a four year period for landscapers and other professionals to switch to electrical tools.
A feasible solution
When asked about the inconvenience of needing to charge electric tools, Carr explained that landscapers will have to use backup batteries. In the same interview with Global Green News, she states that using bigger batteries can be more expensive but they last longer.
The second concern that she addressed in the same interview was the effectiveness of gas-powered tools. She explains that they are equally powerful, they cut well and that they are
The benefits do not end there, Carr explains that users of electric alternatives do not breathe in fumes or harmful particulate matter. She told Global Green News that the pollutants are also bad for pollinator insects, “And of course there’s no emissions. There’s none of the toxic gas emissions in terms of NOx, reactive organic gasses and no GHG pollution, so really reducing the impact on climate”.