Registration opened April 20 for the Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD) popular “Mow Down Air Pollution” program, giving Southern California residents an opportunity to help reduce air pollution and save money by exchanging a working gasoline-powered lawnmower for a new battery-electric model.
Now in its ninth year, the program has 6,600 electric mowers available this year for only $100 to $230, depending on which of five models a consumer chooses.
“This program continues to be extremely popular, selling out every year,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., AQMD’s governing board chairman. “Over the years, thousands of Southern Californians have helped eliminate tons of air pollution by simply trading in their gas mower for a cleaner model, showing that together we can achieve our clean air goals.”
When the program ends this summer, AQMD will have scrapped more than 44,400 highly polluting gasoline mowers, removing almost 94 tons of smog-forming volatile organic compound emissions from the Southland’s air.
This year, residents will have five models to choose from:
• Neuton CE 5.4 (24V, 14-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price $399)
• Neuton CE 6.4 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $160 (retail price $499)
• Black & Decker CMM1200 (24V, 19-inch cutting width) $100 (retail price $349)
• Black & Decker CM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width) $160 (retail price $449)
• Black & Decker SPCM 1936 (36V, 19-inch cutting width, self propelled) $230 (retail price: $699)
AQMD will host eight events across the Southland on Saturdays between May 7 and July 23. Residents living within AQMD’s four-county jurisdiction must show proof of residency and can register for any event regardless of where they reside in the region.
Residents must pre-register to participate in the lawnmower exchange program by visiting aqmd.gov and clicking on the lawnmower exchange banner or by calling 1-888-425-6247. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Telephone registration is also available in English and Spanish.
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.
Exchanging a mower is easy and convenient 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. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
The lawnmower exchange for Long Beach will be 8am to 1pm on Saturday, May 14 at Veterans Stadium, 5000 East Lew Davis St.