The Lawn Mower Exchange Program is currently CLOSED!
The Commercial Leaf Blower Exchange Program will open on February 23, 2016. For details, please click here.
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:
- 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.
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.
The Lawn Mower Exchange Program for 2015 is currently closed.
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.
What to Expect
COMMERCIAL LEAF BLOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Registration for the Leaf Blower Exchange Program will be open on
February 23, 2016
Please REGISTER (@ (888) 425-6247) PRIOR to attending any of the Leaf Blower Exchange Locations
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.
The 2016 Leaf Blower Exchange Program will offer three STIHL models—the BR500 will be $200 with the trade-in of a used backpack blower. There will also be 2 battery-electric models—the BGA85, will be $200 with trade-in and the BGA100 which retails at $1,400 will be $600 with trade-in. School districts, college and local governments also are encouraged to take advantage of this year’s program. For additional information on trade-in options, please click here (PDF, 447KB).
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.
The 2016 Leaf Blower Exchange Program will include 20 events scheduled in March and held throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The list for the Leaf Blower Exchange locations is available here (XLS, 29KB). The Leaf Blower Exchange is not open to the public. Those interested in attending any of the locations for the Leaf Blower Exchange are required to register by contacting SCAQMD at 888-425-6247.