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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 16, 2011 at the Tri-County Technical College-Pendleton Campus. The exchange was from 8:00 AM - 11:00AM.

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 Clemson Area Lawn Mower Exchange 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
54.21 124.66 0.12 1.96
4-Stroke
Engine
8.64 218.98 1.40 0.64
Total 62.85 343.64 1.51 2.60
* 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
  • C Enterprise
  • CAT Bus System
  • Clemson University
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Pickens County
  • Upstate Forever
  • Tri-County Technical College-Pendleton Campus
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

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

Greenville County held their lawn mower exchange on April 2, 2011 at Whole Foods Market (Parking Lot). The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

A total of 23 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 23 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
25.92 55.67 0.16 0.78
4-Stroke
Engine
10.11 287.61 2.04 0.88
Total 36.03 343.28 2.20 1.66
* 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 & Rain Barrel Sale was sponsored by:

  • Black and Decker
  • C Enterprises
  • County of Greenville
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • The Greenstation
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Reel Mowers, Etc.
  • Upstate Forever
  • Whole Foods Market
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Tri-County Lawn Mower Exchange

Berkeley, Charleston, & Dorchester Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 09, 2011 at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. The exchange was from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

A total of 34 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 34 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
92.76 136.42 0.37 1.91
4-Stroke
Engine
10.14 282.55 1.97 1.14
Total 72.90 418.97 2.33 3.05
* 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:

  • Berkeley County
  • Black & Decker
  • Bodacious Bagels
  • C Enterprise
  • Charleston County
  • Charleston Steel and Metal
  • City of Charleston
  • CSX Transportation
  • Dorchester County
  • The Greenstation
  • Kapstone
  • Keep Charleston Beautiful
  • Keep North Charleston Beautiful
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • Royall Ace Hardware
  • South Carolina Green Fair
  • Town of Mt. Pleasant
  • Vapor Apparel
  • Wilbur Smith Associates
  • Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Central Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange

Lexington and Richland Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 16, 2011 at South Carolina State Museum. The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

A total of 104 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 104 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
286.23 626.46 1.48 9.09
4-Stroke
Engine
34.85 977.10 6.84 3.40
Total 321.08 1603.55 8.32 12.48
* 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
  • Central Midlands Council of Governments
  • Lexington County
  • Richland County
  • Neuton Power Equipment
  • South Carolina State Museum
  • WACH FOX
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Spartanburg County Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Lawn Mower Exchange

Spartanburg County held their lawn mower exchange on April 16, 2011 at the Spartanburg County Administration Building (Parking Lot). The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

A total of 73 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 Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Lawn Mower Exchange based on 73 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
247.07 544.05 1.17 8.01
4-Stroke
Engine
27.79 772.48 5.37 2.80
Total 274.87 1316.53 6.54 10.81
* 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 Household Hazardous Waste Collection & 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.