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.

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.


Thank you for your interest in Mowing Down Air Pollution!

The Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program has been redesigned to be available year-round and also provide the public with the opportunity to  purchase a cordless, battery-electric lawnmower from a variety of eligible manufacturers.  Consumers can purchase their new mower from a local retailer, or on-line 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 4-county jurisdiction would be eligible to participate in the program. An on-line application, list of mower manufacturers, list of authorized  scrapping facilities and easy to follow instructions will be available in late April.

Electric lawn mowers purchased after March 3, 2017 would be eligible for the rebate program. Participants would be required to complete the following in order to be eligible for the rebate:  Purchase a new, cordless battery electric lawnmower and within 60 calendar days from the date of purchase complete the following: Turn in a working gasoline powered lawn mower to an approved dismantler for permanent destruction and submit a copy of the sales receipt and scrapper certification form with the completed on-line application.

The following are the rebate amounts which are based on the purchase price of the new electric lawn mower and does not include costs such as taxes, fees, accessories and delivery charges.

Purchase Price
Eligible Rebate Amount
$250 or less
$251 up to $400
$401 or more $250

For additional information, please visit Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 138KB).

More information will be posted on this web page in late April. For more information you may email or call 888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday)



  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 ( 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.