July 23 2018 10:42 AM

North Hempstead officials say battery-powered equipment continues to advance.


North Hempstead, a town in Long Island, New York, is working toward banning gas-powered landscaping equipment gradually over the next decade. Officials say that battery-powered equipment continues to advance, making the move reasonable.

The proposal was introduced in 2017, and, according to Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the implementation would be done so as not to negatively impact landscaping businesses.

The ban would be on all gas-powered landscaping equipment within the next decade, according to the Newsday article. Bosworth cited the advancement battery powered equipment is making in terms of battery life and horsepower.

The city is already working on a law to prohibit gas-powered leaf blowers and weed trimmers from June 1 to Sept. 30 before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on weekdays, and before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays, according to the article.The proposal came after residents complained that the devices are too loud and cause air pollution.

A timetable for a vote has not yet been determined. In the meantime a committee made up of landscapers, residents and environmentalists is providing input for a revised version of the ban.