Lawn Equipment


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.

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 13,000.


Thank you for your interest in Mowing Down Air Pollution!

The Electric Lawn Mower Program has been redesigned to be available year-round as a rebate to provide the public with the opportunity to purchase a cordless, battery-electric lawnmower from a variety of eligible manufacturers.  For additional information on the Electric Lawn Mower Rebate Program, please click here.  Para información en español oprime aqui.

Consumers can purchase their new mower from a local retailer or online distributor. The Program will provide after-purchase rebates for $150, $200 or $250, depending on the retail cost of the new electric mower (excluding delivery and sales tax).  Residents of SCAQMD’s four-county jurisdiction would be eligible to participate in the Program.

NEW!  Please Note: If you do not have access to a computer, printer or email we can mail you a copy of the Lawn Mower Rebate Application Form and Scrapper Verification Form.  You would complete these forms, include a copy of your sales receipt and mail these documents to: SCAQMD, Lawn Mower Rebate Program, 21865 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765. Please call 888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday) if you require assistance.




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.

To be added to a List Serve to receive information on future leaf blower exchange events please visit, enter your email address and select Leaf Blower Exchange Program.  For more information you can call 888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday) or email