Frequently Asked Questions: Noise, Health Effects, and Costs
Were GLBs legal before Article 10?
How loud are GLBs?
Very. A single commercial-grade GLB emits roughly 77 dBA (decibels) at 50 feet and roughly 100 dBA at the ear of the operator. 77 dBA is roughly 13 times a typical ambient noise level.
How polluting are GLBs?
Are GLBs safe?
Could landscape workers wear masks and hearing protection?
Are battery powered blowers much less noisy than GLBs?
Is landscaping with electric blowers practical?
Why does the Article 10 delay the phase-out of GLBs for more than 3 years?
Do electric leaf blowers cost more?
Which other communities have limited or begun to phase out GLBs?
As more scientific evidence comes to light on the negative impacts of GLBs, and as electric equipment has become both better and cheaper, an increasing number of communities have been limiting or eliminating the use of GLBs:
Our own DPW has already eliminated most gas-powered landscape maintenance equipment including smaller leaf blowers, and the Director has stated that he is comfortable with eliminating all GLBs on the new bylaw’s schedule.