Yesterday I wrote about how it’s a bad idea to dump leaves in the street. Since then, I confirmed blowing leaves into the street is not only a bad idea, it’s a violation of the Seattle Municipal Code.
(See: SMC 15.46.030: Deposits in street or gutter. It is unlawful to wash or sweep or otherwise deposit any matter in any street or gutter.)
TodayI wanted to write about the noise of leaf blowers, which can be extremely annoying, as anyone who has walked by them knows.
Other cities have specified noise limits (Toronto, 70 dBA at 15 meters; Vancouver’s West End, 65 dBA) or limited the hours of leaf blower operation (Vancouver forbids their operation on Sundays).
These cities report varying success with enforcement, and there’s another unintended downside: Vancouver documented an increased cost of $90,000 for their parks upkeep in 2004 as a result of the gas-powered leaf blower ban.
What do you think? How should Seattle be handling leaf blowers? We appreciate your help and comments.