New rules phasing out manufacture of polluting lawn and garden equipment in 2024 were unanimously approved by the California Air Resources Board today despite opposition from gardeners and landscapers.
Manufacturers must meet zero-emission standards for new models of yard equipment, including weed whackers, lawn mowers, leaf blowers and smaller chain saws, in three years. Residents and workers, however, can continue to use and repair their gas-powered equipment.
Gardeners and landscaping associations raised concerns about higher costs to buy the equipment and additional batteries needed for a day’s work.
“The cost to transition would be significant and probably kill my small business,” Elizabeth Burns, president of Zone 24 Landscaping Inc., based in Torrance, said today at the hearing. “One other issue is the technology is not yet there for battery life and that’s super…