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Not only are electric lawn mowers quiet, easy to start and maintain, they are less polluting than gas-powered lawn mowers.

The following estimated emissions reductions were based on data collected from the on-site surveys that were filled out by the participants at each lawn mower exchange. Results may vary based on local survey responses.

Learn more about each years' events by using the links below.

Tri-County Lawn Mower Exchange

Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 18th, 2009 at the Kite Hill Recycling Center at Clemson University. The exchange was from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

A total of 88 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the Tri-County Lawn Mower Exchange based on 88 mowers exchanged and purchased the day of the event.

Average Emissions Removed (pounds per year*)
  Hydrocarbons
(HC)
Carbon Monoxide
(CO)
Nitrogen Oxides
(NOX)
Particulate Matter
(PM)
2-Stroke
Engine
172.70 376.58 0.87 5.59
4-Stroke
Engine
30.12 781.27 5.10 2.06
Total 202.82 1157.85 5.97 7.65
* This data is based on 1.5 hours per mow

Local partners are the key to a successful Lawn Mower Exchange. These partners are needed for financial support as well as in kind services.

The Tri-County Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Pickens County
  • Anderson County
  • Oconee County
  • Clemson University
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Carolina Recycling Association
  • Upstate Forever
  • CAT Bus System
  • Solid Green (City of Clemson)
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

"Mow Down Pollution" Lawn Mower Exchange

Greenville and Spartanburg Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 25th, 2009 at the Suber Road Soccer Complex in Greer. The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

A total of 36 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the "Mow Down Pollution" Lawn Mower Exchange based on 36 mowers exchanged and purchased the day of the event.

Average Emissions Removed (pounds per year*)
  Hydrocarbons
(HC)
Carbon Monoxide
(CO)
Nitrogen Oxides
(NOX)
Particulate Matter
(PM)
2-Stroke
Engine
69.68 152.28 0.35 2.26
4-Stroke
Engine
28.54 687.71 4.15 1.69
Total 98.22 839.99 4.49 3.94
* This data is based on 1.5 hours per mow

Local partners are the key to a successful Lawn Mower Exchange. These partners are needed for financial support as well as in kind services.

The "Mow Down Pollution" Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by

  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Greenville County
  • Spartanburg County
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Upstate Forever
  • Appalachian Council of Governments
  • City of Greer
  • Black and Decker
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

LowCountry Lawn Mower Exchange

Charleston County held their first annual lawn mower exchange on March 28, 2009 at Citadel Mall. The exchange was from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

A total of 133 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the LowCountry Lawn Mower Exchange based on 133 mowers exchanged and purchased the day of the event.

Average Emissions Removed (pounds per year*)
  Hydrocarbons
(HC)
Carbon Monoxide
(CO)
Nitrogen Oxides
(NOX)
Particulate Matter
(PM)
2-Stroke
Engine
187.71 394.36 1.35 5.47
4-Stroke
Engine
65.97 1928.67 13.98 6.55
Total 253.69 2323.03 15.34 12.02
* This data is based on 1.5 hours per mow

Local partners are the key to a successful Lawn Mower Exchange. These partners are needed for financial support as well as in kind services.

The LowCountry Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • City of North Charleston
  • Charleston Steel and Metal
  • Charleston Green Committee
  • Charleston County
  • Lowcountry Earth Force
  • Wilbur Smith Associates
  • City of Charleston
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Keep North Charleston Beautiful
  • Royall Ace Hardware
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange

Richland and Lexington Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 18th, 2009 at the U.S.C. Campus/Colonial Life Center Parking Lot. The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

A total of 82 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange based on 82 mowers exchanged and purchased the day of the event.

Average Emissions Removed (pounds per year*)
  Hydrocarbons
(HC)
Carbon Monoxide
(CO)
Nitrogen Oxides
(NOX)
Particulate Matter
(PM)
2-Stroke
Engine
67.45 147.40 0.34 2.18
4-Stroke
Engine
59.90 1578.99 10.47 4.22
Total 127.35 1726.40 10.80 6.40
* This data is based on 1.5 hours per mow

Local partners are the key to a successful Lawn Mower Exchange. These partners are needed for financial support as well as in kind services.

The Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Lexington County
  • University of South Carolina
  • Richland County
  • Waste Management
  • Keep the Midlands Beautiful
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Earth Day Birthday Lawn Mower Exchange

York, Lancaster, and Chester Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 25th, 2009 at the Museum of York County. The exchange was from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

A total of 54 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the Earth Day Birthday Lawn Mower Exchange based on 54 mowers exchanged and purchased the day of the event.

Average Emissions Removed (pounds per year*)
  Hydrocarbons
(HC)
Carbon Monoxide
(CO)
Nitrogen Oxides
(NOX)
Particulate Matter
(PM)
2-Stroke
Engine
56.19 118.81 0.38 1.67
4-Stroke
Engine
28.21 827.76 6.02 2.73
Total 84.39 946.57 6.40 4.40
* This data is based on 1.5 hours per mow

Local partners are the key to a successful Lawn Mower Exchange. These partners are needed for financial support as well as in kind services.

The Earth Day Birthday Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Chester County
  • Lancaster County
  • Upstate Forever
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • City of Rock Hill
  • York County Solid Waste and Recycling
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

If you would like to host or sponsor a Lawn Mower Exchange or get involved with your local upcoming event, please contact Jack Porter in the Bureau of Air Quality by phone at (803) 898-3829, or by email.


For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.