Lawn Mower Exchange Saturday
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 10:42PM

On Saturday, April 16th Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties are once again partnering in a program to exchange gasoline-powered lawn mowers for environmentally friendly mowers. The event will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. on the Tri-County Technical College’s Pendleton Campus.

“This popular program will give residents the opportunity to recycle their gasoline-powered mower in exchange for a discount towards the purchase of a new environmentally-friendly mower,” said Jon Batson, Anderson County Air Quality/Stormwater Manager. “By offering this lawn mower exchange, we invite residents in all three counties to do their share to help reduce air pollution in SC.”

Batson continued, “Lawn mowers, string trimmers and other gasoline-powered lawn care equipment are the nation’s leading source of off-road air pollution. Gasoline-powered lawn mowers contribute to ground-level ozone and particulate matter pollution in much the same way as cars and trucks.”

“The lawnmower exchange is a great way for people to get involved in improving air quality by switching to an environmentally-friendly mower,” Anderson County Environmental Services Director Greg Smith said. “Clean air is important for healthy communities and these exchanges give our citizens an opportunity to make a difference where they live and play.”

Batson said that despite efficiency improvements in the engines, today’s gasoline mowers still contribute emissions, including to those forming ground-level ozone, which can cause shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. Gasoline mowers also cause more greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. Using an environmentally friendly mower reduces emissions and potential health effects.

The exchange operates under a partnership including Tri-County Technical College, Clemson University, Duke Energy, DHEC, CatBus and Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties and vendors such as Neuton, for the program.

For more information on lawn mower exchanges or what you can do to protect our air quality, contact Anderson County Environmental Services at 864.260.1001.

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