Cities and states with restrictions on gas-powered lawn equipment

From outright bans to incentives for electric equipment, local governments are working to curb noise and pollution released from gas powered lawn equipment.

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Zoe Hathaway

Intern

Gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment – lawn mowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, snow blowers and other machines – is noisy, polluting and putting our health at risk.

Responding to growing public concerns, many states and municipalities across the country have adopted policies to mitigate the tremendous pollution and noise generated by gas-powered lawn equipment. We’ve put together a map showing which cities and states have taken action.

Some cities and states have completely banned the use of the equipment or strictly enforce hours of operation and seasonal limitations. State and local governments are also increasing tax breaks, rebates, and waivers for electric lawn equipment.

The state of California banned the commercial sale of all gas-powered lawn equipment at the beginning of 2024. Policies such as these have also triggered a backlash, with states like Texas, Florida, and Ohio prohibiting outright bans on gas-powered equipment in an effort to protect oil and gas industries.

Even so, the transition away from gas powered lawn equipment appears to only be growing stronger as cities in these states, such as Dallas and Austin, responded to the new state laws by creating new incentive programs for electric equipment. Meanwhile, retail giants like Home Depot and Lowes decrease their inventory of gas-powered lawn equipment in favor of other options.

 

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Zoe Hathaway

Intern

Zoe Hathaway is a Texas native and current senior at UT Austin majoring in International Relations & Global Studies. Deeply passionate about the environment and health, she hopes to be a part of the mission to spread awareness and implement new policies that protect people and the planet.