Leaf Pickup Weeks of November 18 and December 16

The first Fall leaf pickup is scheduled for the week of November 18 and the final pickup is scheduled for the week of December 16.  The Oakmont Citizens’ Committee offers the following information to encourage residents to consider the health effects of leaf blowers.  Gas-powered leaf blowers emit carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, hydrocarbons, and approximately 5 pounds per hour of particulate matter, an amount of exhaust equal to 17 cars traveling for one hour, according to the California Air Resources Board. Leaf blowers blow dust, dirt, pollens, fecal matter, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, and mold into the air, which take  several hours or even days to settle, and exacerbate allergies, asthma, and emphysema.  Children are particularly vulnerable.  Lawn care employees who operate leaf blowers may be unaware of the hazards and/or may believe exposing themselves to high levels of air pollution is the price for having a steady job – do you want to contribute to their health hazard for the sake of having a pristine-looking yard for the few hours before more leaves fall? Leaf blowers also disturb microorganisms that are vital to healthy soil.  Noise, toxic fumes, and hot air blown at hurricane force take a toll on birds and insects. Rakes and brooms do not substantially increase costs. Claremont, CA quantified the increase in workload at 6%.  Other jurisdictions banning leaf blowers have experienced no increase in cleanup-job hours. Rakes and brooms were the sole means of leaf cleanup before the 1970’s.  Rakes and brooms are quiet and operate without fossil fuels, producing minimal dust and no pollutants from the power source.   www.ocgrandjury.org/pdfs/leafblow.pdf