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April 7, 2010

Lawn mower exchange programs set

COLUMBIA - There is another option to pushing a noisy, smelly, polluting gasoline lawnmower again this summer, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“A lawnmower exchange program will be held again this year for residents in Anderson, Greenville, Lexington, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, and Spartanburg counties,” said Myra Reece, chief of DHEC’s Bureau of Air Quality. “This popular program will give residents the opportunity to recycle their gasoline-powered mower in exchange for a voucher to purchase a new battery-powered mower at a significantly discounted price.”

Reece said the lawn mower exchanges will take place on the following Saturdays:

  • April 10: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena parking lot in Columbia for residents of Lexington and Richland counties;
  • April 17: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Clemson University’s Kite Hill Recycling Center in Clemson for residents of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties;
  • April 17: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Boiling Springs High School for Spartanburg County residents;
  • April 24: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Greenville’s Whole Foods Market parking lot for residents of Greenville County.

“The lawnmower exchange is a great way for people to get involved in improving air quality by switching to a battery-powered mower,” Reece said. “Clean air is important for healthy communites and these exchanges give our citizens an opportunity to make a difference where they live and play.”

Reece 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 battery-powered mower reduces emissions and potential health effects. The battery-powered mowers can operate for an hour on a single charge.

The exchange operates under a partnership including DHEC, local governments and vendors such as Neuton, Black & Decker, LEHR, and Reel Mowers, for the program. At the events, participants will also be able to purchase other electric hands tools as well.

Reece said participation has increased during each of the program’s four years. For information on lawn mower exchanges in your area, visit DHEC’s Web site at: http://www.scdhec.gov/lawnmowerexchange.

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For more information:
Channell Webster - (803) 898-4372
E-mail - webstecv@dhec.sc.gov
Thom Berry - (803) 898-3885
E-mail - berrytw@dhec.sc.gov
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