San Diegans trade in mowers to help environment

May 30, 2017 by  

May 13 saw the 18th annual ‘Mowing Down Pollution’ event, with hundreds of San Diegans turning in their gas-powered yard equipment in exchange for battery-operated tools. Qualcomm Stadium (the former Jack Murphy Stadium), was the site of the event.

The new machines were not given away for free, but those who traded in their old equipment were able to buy electric versions at deep discounts. For instance, new electric lawn mowers were priced at $99.99, and normally they retail for anything from $200 to $300.

People turned in chainsaws, weed eaters, lawn mowers, and hedge trimmers—all powered by gas—for their battery-powered counterparts. The most popular items exchanged were lawn mowers, with people trading in 475 of the machines. Next most popular were weed eaters, with 100 turned in. San Diego residents also parted with 41 chainsaws, and hedge trimmers saw 10 donations.

According to Robert Kard, who is with the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, switching from gas-powered machines to rechargeable ones can reduce the levels of pollution dramatically. Machines using gasoline release an average emission of approximately 10bn of pollution into the air annually. The battery-operated machines emit no pollutants whatever, making them a greener alternative.

Events like this can benefit if organizers distribute flyers to help attendees determine how to proceed with the exchanges.