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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.

Clemson Area Lawn Mower Exchange

Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 17, 2010 at the Kite Hill Recycling Center on the campus of Clemson University. The exchange was from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

A total of 22 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the Clemson Area Lawn Mower Exchange based on 22 mowers traded in 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
37.11 71.23 0.50 0.68
4-Stroke
Engine
9.60 226.01 1.32 0.61
Total 46.72 297.24 1.82 1.29
* 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 Clemson Area Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Anderson County
  • CAT Bus System
  • City of Clemson
  • Clemson University
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Pickens County
  • Upstate Forever
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Greenville County Lawn Mower Exchange & Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale

Greenville County held their lawn mower exchange on April 24, 2010 at Whole Foods Market (Parking Lot). The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 3:00 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 Greenville County Lawn Mower Exchange & Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale based on 36 mowers traded in 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
63.45 136.57 0.40 1.89
4-Stroke
Engine
16.52 485.45 3.53 2.09
Total 79.97 622.02 3.94 3.98
* 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 Greenville County Lawn Mower Exchange & Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale was sponsored by

  • Appalachian Council of Governments
  • Black and Decker
  • County of Greenville
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • LEHR
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Reel Mowers, Etc.
  • Upstate Forever
  • Whole Foods Market
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Tri-County Carolina Yard Experience

Berkeley, Charleston, & Dorchester Counties held their lawn mower exchange on March, 13, 2010 at Exchange Park (Fairgrounds). The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

A total of 18 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 Carolina Yard Experience based on 18 mowers traded in 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
19.62 43.84 0.09 0.64
4-Stroke
Engine
13.51 311.21 1.77 0.95
Total 33.13 355.05 1.86 1.59
* 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 Carolina Yard Experience was sponsored by:

  • Berkeley County
  • Black & Decker
  • Charleston County
  • Charleston Steel and Metal
  • City of Charleston
  • Clemson Extension
  • CSX Transportation
  • Dorchester County
  • Exchange Park of Charleston
  • Kapstone
  • Keep Charleston Beautiful
  • Keep North Charleston Beautiful
  • Lowcountry Earth Force
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Royall Ace Hardware
  • Trident Technical College
  • Wilbur Smith Associates
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Central Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange

Lexington and Richland Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 10, 2010 at Colonial Life Arena-Parking Lot. The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 Central Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange based on 88 mowers traded in 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
180.24 399.43 0.78 5.98
4-Stroke
Engine
38.93 1098.37 7.73 3.84
Total 219.17 1497.81 8.51 9.82
* 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 Central Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • City of Columbia
  • Keep the Midlands Beautiful
  • Lexington County
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Richland County
  • University of South Carolina
  • WACH FOX
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Spartanburg County Lawn Mower Exchange

Spartanburg County held their lawn mower exchange on April 17, 2010 at the Boiling Springs High School-Parking Lot. The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

A total of 19 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the Spartanburg County Lawn Mower Exchange based on 19 mowers traded in 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
39.65 88.59 0.17 1.29
4-Stroke
Engine
6.46 202.62 1.55 0.90
Total 46.11 291.21 1.72 2.19
* 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 Spartanburg County Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Spartanburg County
  • Upstate Forever
  • 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.