Here’s are first two paragraphs of their home page
ZAPLA.ORG MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage compliance with leaf blower bans and restrictions by providing facts, opinions, and access to sources and to resources.
This web site is intended as a public service, and is provided by volunteers, with their own donations of time and money. It is a record of our research and our experiences, which mimic those of other towns across the nation that have sought blower bans. It is an alert to, and support for, those who contemplate bans. It may serve as warning not to compromise too much.
A four minute video showing fugitive dust created by blower use. Voiceover by Peter Graves recites facts cited by Orange County Grand Jury Report, as well as the findings of studies conducted as of 2001. Please share or download, and visit http://zapla.org for more information.
Here is a high quality PDF Stop Leaf Blowers Universal Flyer flyer for printing and distributing in your neighborhood. There are lots of people who do not know how bad and unnecessary these monsters are. Lets educate them! (In Los Angeles they have been illegal since 1998. Here is the LA Flyer PDF Stop Leaf Blowers for download LA Flyer PDF for print Stop Leaf Blowersand print with that info–perfect for distributing in Los Angeles.)
I use a broom and rake. I don’t need a mower because I have no lawn. Once a week, or more often if I want, I sweep bothersome areas. A rake works great for the leaves in the street. Sure it leaves (pun intended) little pieces behind. But my neighbor’s “blown” street looks no different in a day or two.
If you think the costs of using a leaf blower are worth it, be sure and watch the video, take the quiz, or download the info sheet.
Think about it this way; if your surgeon told you he could remove your appendix far cheaper and faster if he were to cut off your leg (and not reattach it of course, at that price). Would your answer be, “ok… It’s far worse for me, but it’ll save me money? ” I don’t see any difference with the choice we make when blow instead of using a broom and rake.
Anti-Leaf Blower video by Ed Begley. Great video on the real dangers of leaf blowers. Great until the end when they gladly accept electric blowers as an alternative to the gas ones. A mere passing nod was given to the use of brooms and rakes as the best alternative to these yard monsters. An electric blower still uses fossil fuels to operate, still blows tons of dust, allergens, and mold into the air and are still too loud to be near homes. Santa Monica agrees and BOTH electric and gas blowers are banned. We are at a moment when we can establish the acceptable use of noise/dust/polluting equipment around our homes (and places of work). Let’s “stand our ground” and demand real noise and dust reduction, not puny ones.
Ok, so maybe not kill–at least not completely. But how about using them a LOT LESS. Everyone knows that leaf blowers are NOT healthy–to the planet or to humans. So lets demand that they stop being used on everything, starting with dirt and plants (including lawns). And do we really need the street in front “blown”? Truth is, in most circumstances, rakes and brooms work just as well with NO downside. So tell your yard service company that’s what YOU want. We must adjust our “needs” – a leaf-free yard – with the reality of the true costs of these toxic machines. Bottom line, leaf blowers are not essential and their negatives far out weigh positives. We’ll have more later.