Feb 1, 2024 - News

Portland City Council to propose ban on gas leaf blowers

Illustration of a no symbol with a leaf blower for a crossbar.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Portland City Council acknowledged years of lobbying by a passionate group of residents and drafted an ordinance to ban gas-powered leaf blowers.

State of play: Gas-powered leaf blowers are already prohibited in hundreds of U.S. cities, and activists believe the equipment contributes to poor health and air pollution.

What they're saying: In a written statement, Quiet Clean PDX, the volunteer-led organization behind the push, said Portland's ordinance is too weak and the timeline "is much too late."

  • The draft proposes a ban starting in January 2026, with an exemption for October-December. A year-round ban wouldn't start until 2028.

What we're watching: The proposal goes before the City Council on March 6.

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