Leaf Blowers

The village of Irvington strongly encourages its residents and landscapers who work in the village to adopt Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (LELE) practices on their property, providing a chemical-free landscape and enabling a mix of habitats for overwintering fauna. See more about this in our Healthy Yards page. However, for the areas where leaves must be cleared, using rakes or electric equipment is the sustainable and conscientious solution. 

Report violations to the IPD at 914-591-8080 and log it by filling in our form here.
The form is helpful for people who are not comfortable calling the police and for tracking purposes.

Resources for Landscaping Professionals found here.

Ban on Leaf Blowers started Dec 16 2023

Gas-powered leaf blowers pollute the environment in 3 ways: exhaust emissions, noise, and particulates/dust blown into the air. Per the Department of Environmental Conservation website: "Emissions from gas-powered leaf blowers are substantial. The amount of CO (carbon monoxide) emitted from a typical backpack leaf blower for just 1 hour is equal to CO coming from the tailpipe of a current year automobile operating for over 8 hours. For the other pollutants, the amounts are even greater." Click here to learn more about a state bill prohibiting gas-powered leaf and lawn blowers.

In Westchester, a growing number of municipalities have already enacted strict regulations or outright bans on the use of gas powered leaf blowers. Irvington requires permits for all professional landscapers and lawn services who operate in the Village and, since Dec of 2023, has enacted a complete ban on gas powered leaf blowers. See Local Law #2 2023 or scroll down. 

The village has already converted 90% of its gas powered leaf blower and mower equipment to electric, with the remaining 10% of  gas powered machines retained as backup for extreme circumstances.

Converting to Electric

See The Economics of Switching to Battery-Powered Leaf Blowers: A Cost Comparison.

Electric Landscaping Equipment Demonstration coming this Spring. 

Resources for Healthier Landscaping Practices:

Learn more about Health Yards and Pollinator Pathways on our site.  

For additional resources on sustainable landscaping, see: 

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) www.nofa.org

Ecological Landscape Alliance www.ecolandscaping.org

Native Plant Center www.sunywcc.edu/about.npc

Healthy Yards www.healthyyards.org

Leave Leaves Alone www.leaveleavesalone.org

AGZA American Green Zone Alliance www.agza.net

Cornell University Extension www.westchester.cce.cornell.edu/horticulture

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