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. "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."
• 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)
To participate, residents must pre-register for the mower of their choice at www.aqmd.gov or by calling (888) 425-6247. 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.
The events will take place on Saturdays starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.
June 26 - Pasadena Rose Bowl, Stadium, Lot I, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive
July 10 - Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.