months of talks about phasing out gas-powered landscaping equipment | Recent news
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – There have been months of discussions with the Rehoboth Beach Commissioners and the Rehoboth Beach Environmental Committee about the disposal of gas-powered landscaping equipment.
If approved, the plan will evolve in phases.
Commissioner Edward Chrzanowski said, “So the committee would like to phase it in where the city first starts. They’re leading by example with the city’s landscaping equipment and practices.” Then, by 2024, commercial landscapers would be phased in. And by 2025, residents would be banned from using gas-powered appliances.
For the time being, lawnmowers and riding chainsaws would be excluded from the possible ban. The committee welcomes any feedback on this before their next meeting on October 20, when the environmental committee is expected to present its final recommendations.
However, discussions of eliminating gas-powered landscaping equipment are on Jerry Dougherty’s mind. Dougherty says, “Just our global tools, our mowers, our aerators, our seeders, they don’t even make some of the tools we need electric.”
And for some, cost is a big factor. Landscaper, Josh Holland says, “Well, with the cost of this, with the batteries for the electricity, it’s going to take some time. You’re going to have to put a generator in the back of your truck. You’re going to need a lot of outlets and lots of outlets, I’m not sure if the owners will really want you to plug into their electricity, so you can charge your gear.
Landscaping companies say that when it comes to cutting grass or blowing pine needles, they can do 10 to 15 houses in a day, with a gas-powered blower. But with a battery-powered blower, they’d be lucky to have six.
Chrzanowski says gas-powered tools release greenhouse gas emissions and eliminating them would reduce those and noise complaints. The city says it’s a small step toward a bigger picture.