SCAQMD has two annual programs that help clean the air through the exchange of lawn and garden equipment:
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.
- 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.
To date, SCAQMD has scrapped more than 47,000 highly polluting gasoline mowers, removing almost 106 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.
Residents living within the South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) are eligible to register for the 2014 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 lawnmower. Pre-registration is required. This year, you have five models to choose from, with your cost being from $100 to $250 depending on the model you choose. There will be four exchange locations scheduled. Please see brochure for more details.
What to Expect
The Leaf Blower Exchange Program is currently closed.
There are no reservations available.
If you would like to receive e-mail notification when the 2014 exchange program registration begins, sign up by clicking here for the Leaf Blower Exchange list serve; enter your e-mail address twice, and then select the Leaf Blower Exchange from the list of options.
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.