The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has two annual programs that help clean the air through the exchange of lawn and garden equipment:
- The public can turn in an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchase a new cordless electric lawnmower that produces zero emissions at reduced cost.
- Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange an 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.
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Residents living within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) jurisdiction are eligible to register for the 2016 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. Pre-registration is required. This year, you have seven models to choose from, with your cost ranging from $100 to $250 depending on the model you choose. There will be five exchange locations scheduled.
What to Expect
COMMERCIAL LEAF BLOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM
The 2016 Commercial Leaf Blower Exchange Program has concluded.
You can add your name to a list serve to receive information on the 2017 program by clicking here (www.aqmd.gov/sign-up) and selecting the Leaf Blower Exchange Program. Professional landscapers, cities, school districts and colleges can exchange a commercial gasoline back-pack leaf blower for a zero-emission, battery-powered blower. We have also offered commercial gasoline-powered back-pack leaf blowers in past programs.
Pre-registration would be required to secure your exchange date and location. You can call 888-425-6247 for more information (Tuesday-Friday).
SCAQMD sponsors an annual Leaf Blower Exchange 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.
Since the Leaf Blower Exchange Program began in 2006, 12,000 old leaf blowers have been replaced, reducing 138,729 pounds of hydrocarbon and NOx emissions per year. The Program has also reduced smog-forming pollutants by 88,282 pounds per year in the Southland. All old leaf blowers that are retired through this program are scrapped and recycled.