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Psst, Maplewood — Your Contractor Is Still Allowed to Use (Electric) Leaf Blowers

Earlier this year, the Maplewood Township Committee approved an ordinance banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers by commercial contractors between May 15 and September 30 each year.

Lost in the conversation: Contractors can continue to use electric leaf blowers all year long.

Village Green caught up with one landscape contractor, a Maplewood native, earlier today as he and his assistant worked on a well-manicured lawn on Plymouth Avenue. The contractor showed Village Green the electric leaf blower he was using. The unit is smaller and quieter and more environmentally friendly than gas-powered leaf blowers.

Busy bodies that we are, we then checked with Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams who affirmed that the electric blowers are completely legal.

Adams also noted that the NJ Landscape Contractors Association did file for an injunction last week and that the injunction was denied; however, the judge did say that the NJLCA could try filing again if a Maplewood contractor filed with them.

With the gas-powered blower beginning yesterday (May 15), Maplewood Township sent out the following notification:

Maplewood Township’s prohibition on commercial use of gas-powered leaf blowers takes effect today, May 15th and runs through September 30th. If you see a commercial entity violating this law, please call the non-emergency police number 973-762-3400 or Code Enforcement at 973-762-8120 or DPW at 973-762-1175.

Read the gas-powered leaf blower ordinance here:

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