Lawn Mower Exchange this Saturday in Long Beach
2010-05-05 · By Editor
Contribute to clean air in Long Beach. Trade in your gas lawn mower for an electric one and take advantage of special pricing from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD).
Due to popular demand, AQMD has nearly doubled the number of zero-emission lawn mowers available for its annual “Mow Down Air Pollution” lawn mower exchange program.
For the eighth year, the exchange program will let Southern California residents save money and help reduce air pollution by exchanging a working gasoline-powered lawn mower for a new electric mower at a deeply discounted price. The popularity of the program has increased each year, with last year’s 4,800 registration spots selling out in a record five days.
Because of the high demand and additional funding, this year’s lawn mower exchange program will have 9,380 electric mowers available with four models to choose from. Residents who meet the requirements may purchase a new Neutron or Black and Decker cordless electric lawn mower (values between $400-500) for $100 or $165 when they trade-in an operable gas mower.
“Individuals can make a healthy choice by trading in their gas-powered lawn mowers for zero-emission electric models,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., AQMD’s Governing Board Chairman. “This will help the user and their community. In one year, most conventional lawn mowers spew more pollution into our air than a car driven more than 20,000 miles. This exchange program offers a simple solution to improving air quality.”
To participate in the lawn mower exchange program, residents must pre-register for the mower of their choice at www.aqmd.gov or by calling (888) 425-6247. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is available in English and Spanish.
The SCAQMD will have 9,380 electric lawn mowers available at nine locations throughout Southern California May 1 though July 17. Residents in Long Beach will be able to exchange their mower on one-day only, Saturday, May 8, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Veterans Stadium, 5000 Lew Davis St Long Beach, CA 90808.
Exchanging a lawn mower is easy and convenient and participants never even have to leave their car. Upon arrival, workers will remove the old gas mower from the vehicle and drain it of hazardous fluids prior to its destruction at a metal recycling facility. After payment is made (cash, check or major credit cards accepted), attendants will place the new, boxed electric mower in the customer’s vehicle. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
This year’s lawn mower exchange program is sponsored by the AQMD and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in cooperation with Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
The program is funded through AQMD’s Air Quality Investment Program (AQIP), which is financed by Southland companies that pay a fee in lieu of offering rideshare incentives as required by AQMD’s Rule 2202. The lawn mower exchange program will reduce more emissions than would be achieved by an employer rideshare program.