Lawn Equipment


OVERVIEW

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.


NEW!
ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER REBATE PROGRAM

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.


LEAF BLOWER
COMMERCIAL LEAF BLOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM


NEW!  Registration for the 2017 Commercial Leaf Blower Exchange Program will open in June/July time frame. 

This year we will be offering the following leaf blowers as part of the exchange program. Eligible participants include professional gardeners and landscapers, school districts, cities and county governments and other local agencies.

Leaf Blower Make

Model

Cost to Consumer

DeWalt

DCBL790X1

Hand-held, battery-powered leaf blower/7.5 Ah lithium-ion battery/standard charger

 

$150 with trade-in of a working gasoline-powered back-pack leaf blower

 

DeWalt

DCBL590X2

Back-pack, battery powered leaf blower/two 7.5 Ah lithium-ion batteries/standard charger

$250 with trade-in of a working gasoline-powered back-pack leaf blower

 

STIHL

BR500 (gasoline-powered)

Back-pack leaf blower

$250 with trade-in of a working gasoline-powered back-pack leaf blower

 

STIHL

BGA 85, Hand-held, battery-powered leaf blower/AP300 advanced lithium-ion battery/AL300 quick charger

$200 with trade-in of a working gasoline-powered back-pack leaf blower

STIHL

BGA 100, Back-pack, battery powered leaf blower/AR900 backpack battery/AL500 high-speed charger

$500 with trade-in of a working gasoline-powered back-pack leaf blower

To add your name to a list serve to be notified when registration opens please visit www.aqmd.gov/sign-up, enter your email address and select Leaf Blower Exchange Program.

Pre-registration will be required to secure your preferred leaf blower.  For more information you can call 888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday) or email leafblower@aqmd.gov

OVERVIEW

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.