Due to popular demand, AQMD has nearly doubled the number of zero-emission lawn mowers available for its annual “Mow Down Air Pollution” 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 program will have 9,380 electric mowers available for only $100 to $165, depending on which of the four models a consumer chooses.
“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.”
When the program ends in July, AQMD will have scrapped more than 37,800 highly polluting gasoline mowers, removing about 80 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compound emissions from the Southland’s air.
This year, residents will have four models to choose from:
· Neuton CE 5.4 (24V, 14- inch cutting width) $100 (retail price: $399)
· Neuton CE 6.4 (36V, 19- inch cutting width) $165 (retail price: $499)
· Black & Decker CMM1200 (24V, 19-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price: $349)
· Black & Decker CM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $165 (retail price: $449)
AQMD will host 11 events across the Southland on Saturdays between May 1 and July 24.
Residents living within AQMD’s four-county jurisdiction must show proof of residency and can register for any event regardless of where they reside in the region.
To participate, residents must pre-register for the mower of their choice at www.aqmd.gov or by calling (888) 425-6247.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. on April 21 and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Telephone registration is also available in English and Spanish.
Residents must be at least 18 years old to participate in the program.
Gas-powered mowers must be in working order and only one mower per household can be exchanged. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted for payment.
Exchanging a mower is easy and convenient and participants never 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, attendants will place the new, boxed mower in the customer’s vehicle. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
This year’s 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. Additional funding provided this year comes from CARB through AB 118, a measure to fund clean vehicle and equipment projects.
All events will take place on Saturdays starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. , except the Palm Desert event which will end at noon.
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
May 1 Palm Desert CSUSB Palm Desert Campus 37500 Cook St.
June 5 Riverside Bourns Inc. 1084 Columbia Ave.
June 12 Rcho. Cucamonga Epicenter Stadium 8408 Rochester Ave.
July 10 Pomona Fairplex 1101 W. McKinley Ave.