REGISTRATION OPEN! SOUTHLAND RESIDENTS CAN SAVE SOME GREEN WITH ANNUAL LAWNMOWER EXVCHANGE PROGRAM
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) expects to exchange 4,000 lawn mowers this spring
LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2013 -- Southland residents can now register to get up to 75 percent in savings with the South Coast AQMD’s popular Lawn Mower Exchange Program.
Now in its 11th year, the program does good for the wallet and air quality by allowing residents to trade an old, highly polluting gas-powered lawn mower for a high performance, environmentally friendly cordless electric model.
This year’s program offers 4,000 mowers available for trade-in. SCAQMD encourages residents to act fast and secure a spot at one of four events being held this year in Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and Anaheim.
“By registering in the Lawn Mower Exchange Program, residents will get a brand new mower that is easier to operate and quieter for just a fraction of the retail price,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., SCAQMD’s Governing Board Chairman.
“In addition to taking advantage of this great offer, residents will also help better their community by eliminating the air pollution that old gas mowers create,” Burke said. In fact, an older lawn mower can spew more pollution into the air in a single year than a car driven more than 22,000 miles.
Residents have the opportunity to register and choose from one of five Black & Decker and Greenstation battery electric models ranging from $100 to $250:
-- Black & Decker 18” 36 volt $379 $100 (75 percent savings!)
-- Black & Decker 19” 36 volt $429 $180
-- Black & Decker 19” 36 volt self-propelled $479 $250
-- Greenstation 20” 24 volt $430 $150
-- Greenstation 20” 24 volt self-propelled $470 $220
Registration opens April 17, at 8 a.m. To take advantage of this great offer, residents must pre-register at www.aqmd.gov and click on the Lawn Mower Exchange banner or call 1-888-425-6247. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Exchanging a mower is easy and convenient – only a 10- to 15-minute process – and participants never have to leave their car. Upon arrival, workers will remove the old gas mower from the vehicle and drain it of hazardous fluids prior to its destruction at a metal recycling facility. After payment is made, attendants will place the new, boxed mower in the customer’s vehicle. To view a video on the exchange process, visit www.aqmd.gov.
Residents must be at least 18 years old to participate in the program. Gas-powered mowers must be in working order and only one mower per household can be exchanged. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted for payment. All events will take place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon.
May 4 Long Beach
May 25 Pasadena
June 8 Riverside
July 13 Anaheim
When the program ends this summer, SCAQMD will have scrapped more than 50,000 highly polluting gasoline mowers, removing almost 106 tons of smog-forming pollutants from the Southland’s air.
This year’s program is sponsored by the SCAQMD, in cooperation with the California Air Resources Board, Southern California Edison, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, City of Anaheim, City of Pasadena, Long Beach City College, University of Riverside, Bourn’s Inc., and Angel’s stadium. The program is funded through SCAQMD’s Air Quality Investment Program (AQIP), which is financed by Southland companies that pay a fee in lieu of offering rideshare incentives as required by SCAQMD’s Rule 2202. The Lawn Mower Exchange Program will reduce more emissions than would be achieved by an employer rideshare program.
SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
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