WITHOUT PETROL? NCC Bans Gas-Powered, Noisy Small Tools, City Considers Same

Without Petrol?  Ncc Bans Gas-Powered, Noisy Small Tools, City Considers Same

The ban, which also applies to NCC maintenance contractors, will take effect on April 1, 2023.

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Local government agencies, starting with the National Capital Commission, are turning on noisy, gas-guzzling lawn equipment.

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The city of Ottawa could also match the NCC’s move if the council endorses the idea.

count. Rawlson King informed his colleagues on Tuesday that he wanted the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management to recommend that the municipal government phase out gas-powered landscaping once electric alternatives become available.

King says gas-powered equipment, such as trimmers and leaf blowers, emit harmful toxins and produce deafening noises that exceed acceptable decibel levels.

It’s “outdated, harmful technology,” King said.

The NCC says it will be the first jurisdiction in Canada to ban the use of gas-powered small tools such as leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and small chainsaws. The ban, which also applies to NCC maintenance contractors, will take effect on April 1, 2023 and help the agency achieve its goal of reducing emissions from vehicles and equipment by 80 percent by 2030.

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Back at City Hall, King said the emergency and protection services department would include a review of the leaf blower regulations as an “emerging problem” in the next council term, when a new statute work plan is in place.

It wouldn’t be the city’s first time trying to reduce annoying machine noises.

The city previously focused on snowploughing in a program to remove the annoying beeping noise when the vehicles are in reverse gear. A new broadband alarm system on city shifts makes a whooshing sound that doesn’t move.

count. Scott Moffatt, chairman of the city’s environmental committee, said he wanted to see what information city officials produced about landscaping, but acknowledged that phasing out gas-powered equipment would align with the city’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce.

“Some of these two-strokes are among the biggest polluters we have,” said Moffatt. “If there are electrical alternatives and other things that we can do to use other types of equipment, I think we should look into that.”

California recently decided to prohibit the sale of new gas-powered landscaping machines .

The Ottawa Environment Commission may not debate King’s motion until early 2022, as there are no scheduled meetings for the rest of this year.

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