Do You Support Banning Leaf Blowers?

The town of Arlington will vote today to ban gas-powered leaf blowers at a Special Election, and other communities have also explored the idea, but would it ever happen on Cape?

Arlington will be having a special election today to vote on the seasonal banning of gas-powered leaf blowers during the summer months.

The debate has been heated at time and the discussion has spread across Massachusetts.

On one side are those who say leaf blowers are a health risk, which are too noisy and damage a community's quality of life. The other side says banning leaf blowers goes too far and will cripple landscaping businesses.

Swampscott is also eyeing a that may go before Town Meeting next year. , but it was narrowly rejected.

This issue has caused much debate throughout Greater Boston. So, we want to know: What do you think? Would you support the ban of leaf blowers? Do you use a leaf blower? What about the noise?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

debnoseatz2 July 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
It was also mentioned on this thread that it's not a 'neighborly thing' to leave everything to nature and let your leaves be taken in the wind, but what do you think the blower is doing? Those clippings, leaves, dirt, and whatnots are blown right onto my property, my windowsills, my car -- all over the place! It does not disappear because they blow it away! I think it's a sloppy, lazy, and negligent alternative to raking and bagging leaves just like our elders survived doing in the old days. I can see large properties with lots of trees during the fall when leaves need to be handled easier with a blower, but all summer long just for clippings, dirt, and whatnots? This has gone too far! Put a bag on that lawnmower, get out your rakes and brooms or just leave it the hell alone! And if this occurs in a commercial area where there is a residence, more respect ought to be given for that resident, especially if they have a complaint about it due to health problems!
debnoseatz2 July 27, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Blowers ought to be banned during spring and summer and only allowed for the major clear-up times when fall leaves are in abundance. We have enough noise and pollution from the lawnmowers and trimmers! Yes, not to mention the motorcycles and pick-ups if you live on a main road! As for GETTING A LIFE, I think those that desire peace and quiet in their homes they pay for and deserve to enjoy, already have a life, despite those who are too wired-up and wrapped in other menial things disabling them from focusing on the vital well-being peace and quiet brings! Sorry they're too busy to have a 'life'. Those who create a nuisance need to be more considerate of those around them, not selfishly expect people not to be effected by that nuisance and complain! I don't think it's a matter of anyone trying to make things harder on anyone, we're just trying to enjoy our lives and save our health!
Tim July 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Deb, I am thankful I do not have to live next to you. You sound like one heck of joyful bundle. Therapy may not be cheap, but, may be well worth it. Good luck with your grass clippings and whatnots...
Sean July 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
oh no, not up to twice a week!
M Doucette August 20, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I can't agree more and I would add.. not at all on Sunday


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