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According to William Burke, governing board chairman of the Air Quality Management District, a conventional lawn mower spews more pollution in one year than a car driven more than 20,000 miles.

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The Air Quality Management District is hoping users of traditional gas-powered lawn mowers will help them "mow down air pollution" when, for the eighth year, the air pollution control agency hosts a series of lawn mower exchanges throughout Southern California. The program allows local residents to trade in a gasoline mower and receive a new electric mower at a reduced price.

The four mowers available through the Mow Down Air Pollution events are manufactured by Neuton and Black & Decker. Models that normally retail for $349 to $499 cost $100 to $165 through the exchange program.

The four models and their prices are:
Neuton 14" w/24V battery Model CE 5.4- $100
Neuton 19" w/36V battery Model CE 6.4- $165
Black&Decker 19" w/24V battery Model CMM1200- $100
Black&Decker 19" w/36V battery Model CM 1936- $165

Last year, the AQMD made 4,800 mowers available, all of which sold out. This year, it's increasing the capacity to 9,380 mowers, aided by funding from the California Air Resources Board.

Registration for the program begins at 8 a.m. April 21 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents must pre-register for the mower of their choice at or call (888) 425-6247. They are then given a time to show up at one of the 11 events scheduled between May 1 and July 24 in Palm Desert, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Inglewood, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, Pasadena, Pomona, Santa Clarita and Pacoima.

To be eligible for exchange, the gas mowers must be in working order. The scrapped mowers are then recycled through a metal recycling facility.

For more information on the program, visit the website


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