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We are Montgomery County, Maryland residents

advocating for an urban-area phase-out of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

to reduce noise that disrupts our lives,

clean our air,

and protect the health of community members and workers.


Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers (GPLBs):

  • have noise levels that are harmful to the health of residents and especially lawn-care workers

  • emit large quantities of harmful air pollutants

  • disrupt our work & schooling, while harming wildlife and plants

A Montgomery County phase-out of GPLBs will give us cleaner, quieter, and safer communities

  • Both District of Columbia and Chevy Chase Village (CCV) have enacted bans on GPLBs, effective January 1, 2022

  • The DC and CCV bans mean landscape companies working in those jurisdictions must switch to cleaner, quieter, safer electric leaf blowers, so the impact on most Montgomery County landscapers would be minimal


On March 15, 2022 County Executive Elrich introduced amendments to MC Code Chapter 31B to "phase out the sale of handheld and backpack combustion engine-powered leaf blowers and vacuums beginning six months from enactment, and their use twelve months from enactment."  

Council Members & Candidates in SUPPORT

  • Fatmata Barrie

  • Brandy Brooks

  • Andrew Einsmann

  • Andrew Friedson*

  • Paul Geller

  • Amy Ginsburg

  • Evan Glass*

  • Scott Goldberg

  • Tom Hucker*

  • Cary Lamari

  • Hans Riemer*

  • Laurie-Anne Sayles

  • Paul Schwartz

  • Kate Stewart

  • Dawn Luedtke

* Incumbent

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  • Gabe Albornoz*

  • Will Jawando*

  • Sidney Katz*

  • Nancy Navarro*

  • Craig Rice*

* Incumbent

On June 28, 2022 a very brief hearing was held on MC Bill 18-22 to "prohibit the sale and use of combustion engine-powered leaf blowers and leaf vacuums."
Read: Bill Language and Background Memo  

On September 20, a formal public hearing on the bill will be held. Click here to participate or to learn more.


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