More Than 9,000 Residents Can
“Mow Down Air Pollution” and Save Money with This Year’s Lawn Mower Exchange
April 13, 2010
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
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)
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 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
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.
CSUSB Palm Desert Campus
37500 Cook St.
Veteran’s Memorial Stadium
5000 E. Lew Davis St.
Los Angeles Coliseum
3939 S. Figueroa St.
1050 S. Prairie Ave.
1084 Columbia Ave.
8408 Rochester Ave.
2000 Gene Autry Way
Rose Bowl Stadium, Lot I
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
College of the Canyons,
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Pacoima Middle School
9919 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
AQMD is the air pollution control agency
for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and
This page updated:
April 13, 2010