Across the country, the growing use of leaf blowers, mowers, trimmers and edgers is raising concerns over their health and environmental impacts. Quiet Communities is a nonprofit organization providing education and outreach on the adverse effects of gas powered outdoor maintenance and on quieter, more sustainable, healthier solutions.
Why Be Concerned?
The gas-powered landscape maintenance business has grown dramatically. Gas-powered equipment generates tens of billions of pounds of toxic and carcinogenic air pollution each year -- at ground level and in high concentration! Noise levels far exceed established safety standards. Leading government agencies and medical organizations warn against their use. The related solid and chemical waste contaminate our soil and water. Use is often inappropriate, out of compliance, and/or unnecessary. Better solutions are available.