Montclair, NJ – Quiet Montclair, in a statement Wednesday, said it applauds the Township Council for enacting much-needed changes to Montclair’s gas leaf blower ordinance, last updated over 20 years ago.
Quiet Montclair writes:
The Council’s action will reduce the use of gas leaf blowers in Montclair neighborhoods, providing residents and workers with protection and relief from the extreme noise and pollution these outdated machines generate.
The updated law continues to allow use of electric leaf blowers at any time, and gas leaf blowers may still be used for two months in spring and two months in fall. Previously, gas leaf blowers could be used legally for more than half the year.
The updated law also requires landscape companies to ensure that their workers are using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating gas leaf blowers, and it sets a minimum fine of $100 for violations of the ordinance.
Quiet Montclair spokesperson and 2nd Ward homeowner Peter Holm said: “This is a significant and positive step in a longer-term transition toward quieter, healthier, and greener alternatives. These alternatives include battery-electric and manual tools as well as more eco-friendly and time-saving approaches to managing things like cut grass and fallen leaves. We are very glad to see Montclair joining other forward-looking communities around the region in taking action to accelerate this transition.”
We look forward to supporting the Township in efforts to educate the public and landscapers about the new law and about how they can reduce gas leaf blower use without great cost or burden. We also hope to see increased attention to effective enforcement of the law and a transition to more modern, zero-emissions equipment in the maintenance of Township facilities.
Quiet Montclair grew out of efforts begun in 2019 by residents frustrated by the noise and pollution created by gas leaf blowers.