New Bill To Incentivize Switch To Electric Landscaping Equipment


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio)— Lawmakers at the Massachusetts State House are looking to create a program to provide financial incentives to towns or cities that switch to electric landscaping equipment.

The bill, put forth by State Rep. Michelle Ciccolo of Lexington, will establish a grant program that encourages cities and towns in the state to transition away from gas powered landscaping equipment to low noise and emission electric equipment.

This follows a bill passed in California earlier this week that will ban the sale of gas powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers starting in 2024.

State Rep. Ciccolo's bill has backing from a national nonprofit called Quiet Communities, an organization that reduce the harm of noise and pollution on neighborhoods.

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Dr. Lucy Weinstein, who sits on the organization's medical board told WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) these types of bills can help overall health in a community.

"Major medical organizations have already recommended the use of gas lawn equipment to reduced or eliminated," Weinstein said.

The bill also make funds from the grant program available for private landscaping companies to take out zero-interest loans to help replace their gas powered equipment.

WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) has the story.

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