we identified the 6 worst impacts and are committed to remove them.

THE 6 WORST IMPACTS

For over a decade the founders of The American Green Zone Alliance have been studying the negative impacts of gas-powered lawn equipment, on the ground, with actual lawn care crews. In fact, we used to be those workers! We dealt with those toxic machines ourselves, and we saw what commonly happens behind the scenes with full-time hard-working crews every day:

  • unregulated, out of date, or detuned machinery spewing excessive emissions
  • operational noise levels exceeding worker safety standards without ear protection
  • perpetual fueling, mixing, spills and evaporation of gas and oil
  • landfill disposal of replacement parts, containers with residue, and rags for gas engines
  • surreptitious disposal of toxic fluids directly into the ground
  • workers breathing carbon emissions, particulate matter, ground level ozone, and VOCs, and handling known toxic chemicals without adequate protection 

The danger to workers, the ground and water, the local air quality, and global climate change are real and serious, but they have been drastically underreported and have drawn little attention.

AGZA WAS CREATED
TO TELL THE STORY
AND RAISE THE BAR

We combined extensive research from official scientific data sources like the EPA and various AQMDs (Air Quality Management Districts) with our own hands-on experience and anecdotal evidence in the field. We have identified the 6 worst impacts that gas equipment has on our lawn crews, our community, and our planet, and we're committed to removing them from grounds maintenance operations throughout the U.S.

 

 

1. EMISSIONS

A two-stroke gasoline powered leaf blower generates as much tailpipe emissions in one hour than an automobile does over 350 miles. The difference is that a car emits all that pollution over a long stretch of road, while a leaf blower deposits it all in one yard.

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3. SOLID WASTE

About 400 million quarts of motor oil are sold, used, and discarded in California each year. An “empty” plastic quart container of motor oil typically contains 1 - 2 ounces of residual oil, so 3 million gallons of residual oil in contaminated and unrecyclable containers are usually dumped in landfills. 

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4. TOXIC WASTE

Harsh chemical solvents are commonly used to clean gas engine carburetors, spark plugs, fuel and air filters, as well as decks and the exterior of engines.

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5. NOISE POLLUTION

Noise pollution has serious health effects, including hearing loss, tinnitus, cardiovascular effects, immune system suppression, stress hormone release, sleep disturbance and more.

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6. OUR HEALTH

As part of our mandate to educate the public and decision-makers about the health impacts of gas-powered equipment, the American Green Zone Alliance shares information from a wide selection of sources, including the American Lung Association and the World Health Organization.

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