Residents living within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) are eligible to register for the 2015 Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program. This annual program offers SCAQMD residents an opportunity to help clean the air by exchanging an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchasing a new electric cordless lawnmower. Registration will open in April. If you would like to be added to the notification list sign up by clicking here and selecting the Lawn Mower Exchange mailing list.
SCAQMD has two annual programs that help clean the air through the exchange of lawn and garden equipment:
- In the spring, residents can turn in an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchase a new cordless electric lawnmower that produces zero emissions at reduced cost.
- In the summer or fall, commercial landscapers and gardeners operating with the South Coast Air Basin can exchange old, noisy, high-polluting backpack leaf blowers for new backpack blowers that have significantly reduced emission and noise levels.
An older gas-powered lawn mower can spew more pollution into the air in a single year than a car driven more than 22,000 miles. All the gas mowers and leaf blowers that are turned in for this program are scrapped and the metal recycled. To date, SCAQMD has scrapped more than 55,000 highly polluting gasoline mowers, removing almost 114 tons of smog-forming pollutants from the Southland’s air. Similarly, the total number of old, polluting leaf blowers that have been scrapped exceeds 10,000.
This annual program offers SCAQMD residents an opportunity to help clean the air by exchanging an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchasing a new electric lawnmower.
What to Expect
Registration for the Leaf Blower Exchange Program will open in February 2015.
If you would like to be included on the e-mail notification for the Leaf Blower exchange program sign up by clicking here and selecting Leaf Blower Exchange on the list serve.
SCAQMD sponsors an annual program that helps clean the air through the exchange of backpack leaf blowers. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange old, noisy, high-polluting backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/low-noise backpack leaf blowers available at a discounted price.
All old leaf blowers that are retired through this program are scrapped and recycled.
SCAQMD has scrapped more than 10,000 old, polluting leaf blowers to date. The Leaf Blower Exchange Program reduces smog-forming pollutants by 88,282 pounds per year in the Southland.