The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (NJCLA) is going to file an injunction to stop the leaf blower ban recently passed in Maplewood, New Jersey, according to NJCLA Director of Operations Gail Woolcott. “We’re already planning to file an injunction,” she said. “It will at least stall them from being able to enact the ordinance.” The injunction will request that the courts stop the new law from being implemented until its legality can be determined.
The law in question bans commercial landscape contractors from using gas-powered leaf blowers between May 15th and September 30th. It also restricts the hours of blower usage for everyone, residents and businesses alike.
Woolcott said the law is unfair because it singles out landscape contractors for using blowers, while allowing residents to continue to use them. Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca argues that landscapers have abused the tool, and that using three blowers on a property was both unacceptable and commonplace. The paperwork is set to be filed before the ban goes into effect this May.