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March 28, 2011

Lawnmower exchange programs set

COLUMBIA – Residents of 10 South Carolina counties will have another option to pushing a gasoline-powered lawnmower again this summer, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“A lawnmower exchange program is being set up for residents in Anderson, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, 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 environmentally-friendly mower at a significantly discounted price.”

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

  • April 2: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Whole Foods Market parking lot in Greenville for residents of Greenville county;
  • April 9: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park for residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties;
  • April 16: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Spartanburg County Administration Building for Spartanburg County residents;
  • April 16: 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. at Tri-County Technical College parking lot in Pendleton for residents of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties;
  • April 16: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at SC State Musem parking lot for residents of Richland and Lexington Counties.

“The lawnmower exchange is a great way for people to get involved in improving air quality by switching to an environmentally-friendly 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 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 DHEC, local governments and vendors such as Neuton, Black & Decker, The Greenstation, C Enterprises, and Reel Mowers, Etc. for the program. At the events, participants will also be able to purchase other electric hands tools at a discounted price.

Reece said participation has increased each year of the program.

For information on lawn mower exchanges in your area, visit DHEC’s website 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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