Gas Leaf Blowers

Special Instructions

Consider Donation or Repair
If the item is still usable, please donate. Visit Athens’ Material Reuse page for ideas. If broken, find a local repair shop.

Rent or Share 
If a leaf blower is only needed sparingly, share the item between neighbors or check if local hardware stores offer a tool rental program.

Proper Disposal
Leaf blowers are considered trash, but are not allowed in Athens’ trash containers unless the gas and oil tanks are COMPLETELY EMPTY. Any extra unusable gas and/or oil can be collected and taken to a Household Hazardous Waste collection site:
– Los Angeles County: S.A.F.E. Collection Centers and events
– Riverside County

– San Bernardino County
– Ventura County 

Metal recycling businesses may accept broken and unusable gas leaf blowers (if made mostly from metal). We recommend calling ahead to ensure acceptability.

Switch to Electric
The use of gas leaf blowers creates emissions that harm the environment. Rebate programs for switching to electric equipment may be available through your city or the California Air Resources Board. (On the CARB website, if a Southern California resident, select “South Coast.”)

Remove All Gas and Oil

Gas and oil must be removed from the leaf blower prior to disposal. Learn how to safely dispose of fuel and used oil.

Ways to Reduce

Take Care of Your Leaf Blower

Taking good care of a leaf blower will improve its performance and extend its lifespan. Maintenance may include cleaning the filter, giving the leaf blower proper fuel, and preparing it for seasonal storage. Learn basic tips for leaf blower maintenance.

Ways to Reuse

Still Working? Donate It

If your leaf blower is still in working condition, consider selling it, donating it or giving it away.