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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.

Greenville County Lawn Mower Exchange

Greenville County held their 2012 lawn mower exchange March 15 - April 15, 2012 at the Enoree Residential Waste and Recycling Center. Residents exchanged their lawn mowers Tuesday through Saturday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

A total of 20 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 based on the 20 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
35.80 76.91 0.22 1.08
4-Stroke
Engine
11.46 303.19 2.02 0.96
Total 47.26 380.10 2.25 2.04
* assuming mowing 26.11 times per year at 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 was sponsored by:

  • Black & Decker
  • C Enterprise
  • The Greenstation
  • Greenville County
  • Greenville County Solid Waste Division
  • Preferred Power
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Greenwood County Go Green Lawn Mower Exchange

Greenwood County held their lawn mower exchange on March 17, 2012 at their Greenwood County Public Works facility. The exchange was from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

A total of 7 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the Greenwood County Lawn Mower Exchange based on the 7 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
11.52 25.97 0.04 0.41
4-Stroke
Engine
1.07 39.92 0.34 0.12
Total 12.59 65.89 0.38 0.53
* assuming mowing 10.22 times per year at 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 Greenwood County Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Black & Decker
  • C Enterprise
  • The Greenstation
  • Greenwood County
  • Preferred Power
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Tri County Go Green Lawn Mower Exchange

Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties held their lawn mower exchange on March 24, 2012 at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. The exchange was from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

A total of 44 gas powered lawn and garden products 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 the 44 gas powered lawn and garden products 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
85.26 182.04 0.58 2.48
4-Stroke
Engine
13.65 402.51 2.94 1.76
Total 98.91 584.55 3.52 4.24
* assuming mowing 22.46 times per year at 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:

  • American Lung Association
  • Ashley Cooper Stormwater
  • Education Consortium
  • Berkeley County
  • Black & Decker
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • C Enterprise
  • Charleston County
  • City of Charleston
  • CSX Transportation
  • The Greenstation
  • Kapstone
  • Keep Charleston Beautiful
  • Keep North Charleston Beautiful
  • KinderMorgan
  • Papa Johns
  • Preferred Power
  • Royall Ace Hardware
  • South Carolina Green Fair
  • Town of Mt. Pleasant
  • Trader Joe's
  • Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Spartanburg County Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Lawn Mower Exchange, & Rain Barrel Sale Day

Spartanburg County held their lawn mower exchange April 15, 2012 at the Spartanburg County Administration Building. 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 the 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
64.21 137.23 0.39 2.00
4-Stroke
Engine
6.50 204.83 1.57 0.70
Total 70.71 342.06 1.96 2.70
* assuming mowing 23.88 times per year at 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:

  • Black & Decker
  • Spartanburg County
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Central Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange

Lexington and Richland Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 21, 2012 at the South Carolina State Museum. The exchange was from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

A total of 84 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 84 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
142.50 309.20 0.78 4.49
4-Stroke
Engine
25.66 742.87 5.34 3.03
Total 168.16 1052.08 6.12 7.53
* assuming mowing 19.34 times per year at 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
  • South Carolina State Museum
  • WACH FOX
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Clemson Area Green & Blue Yard Sale

Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties held their lawn mower exchange on April 28, 2012 at Tri County Technical College-Pendleton Campus. The exchange was from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

A total of 7 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 7 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
24.36 56.93 0.03 0.90
4-Stroke
Engine
1.28 47.89 0.41 0.21
Total 25.64 104.81 0.44 1.12
* assuming mowing 17.71 times per year at 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
  • ARAMARK
  • Black & Decker
  • CATBus
  • C Enterprise
  • The Greenstation
  • Oconee County
  • Pickens County
  • Pickens County Stormwater Partners
  • Preferred Power
  • S.H. Carter
  • Solid Green-Clemson University
  • Tri-County Technical College-Pendleton Campus
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

BMW Manufacturing Company Earth Day Celebration

As part of their Earth Day Celebration, BMW Manufacturing Company encouraged their employees to trade in their gas powered lawn mower and purchase environmentally-friendly lawn and garden equipment. Their event took place on April 26, 2012 at their Greer, S.C. location. The event was from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

A total of 13 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the BMW Manufacturing Company Lawn Mower Exchange based on 13 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
5.60 9.29 0.12 0.04
4-Stroke
Engine
4.96 148.65 1.10 0.62
Total 10.56 157.94 1.22 0.66
* assuming mowing 22.96 times per year at 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 BMW Manufacturing Company Earth Day Celebration Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Black & Decker
  • BMW Manufacturing Company
  • Spartanburg County
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Michelin North America Earth Day

As part of their Earth Day Celebration, Michelin North America offered their employees the opportunity to purchase environmentally-friendly lawn and garden equipment. The Earth Day Celebration was held April 19, 2012. The event was from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

A special thank you offered to the Michelin North America staff for participation in this event.

Clean air is important for healthy communities and these events give our citizens an opportunity to make our communities a healthier place to live, work, and play. Thank you Michelin North America for your participation in this event. We look forward to your continued partnership in the future!

We would also like to thank the participating vendors:
Black & Decker
C Enterprise
The Greenstation
Preferred Power

Sierra Club-Bartram Group Earth Day Celebration

As part of their Earth Day Celebration, the Sierra Club-Bartram Group offered local citizens the opportunity to purchase environmentally-friendly lawn and garden equipment. The Earth Day Celebration was held April 21, 2012. The event was from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

A special thank you is offered to the Sierra Club-Bartram Group staff for participation in this event.

Clean air is important for healthy communities and these events give our citizens an opportunity to make our communities a healthier place to live, work, and play. Thank you Sierra Club-Bartram Group for your participation in this event. We look forward to your continued partnership in the future!

We would also like to thank the participating vendors:
LawnMaster

SCANA Corporation Lawn Mower Exchange

As part of their Earth Day Celebration, SCANA Corporation encouraged their employees to trade in their gas powered lawn mower and purchase environmentally-friendly lawn and garden equipment. Their event took place on May 2, 2012 at their Cayce, S.C. location. The event was from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

A total of 13 gas powered mowers were traded in the day of the event for recycling.

The chart below shows the potential emissions reductions for the SCANA Corporation Lawn Mower Exchange based on 13 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
23.10 47.79 0.18 0.67
4-Stroke
Engine
1.86 69.37 0.59 0.57
Total 24.96 117.16 0.76 1.24
* assuming mowing 23.09 times per year at 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 SCANA Corporation Lawn Mower Exchange was sponsored by:

  • Black & Decker
  • C Enterprise
  • The Greenstation
  • Lexington County
  • Preferred Power
  • SCANA Corporation
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Union County Earthfest

As part of their Earth Day Celebration, Union County offered their residents the opportunity to purchase environmentally-friendly lawn and garden equipment. The Earthfest was held April 14, 2012. The event was from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

A special thank you is offered to the Union County government staff for participation in this event.

Clean air is important for healthy communities and these events give our citizens an opportunity to make our communities a healthier place to live, work, and play. Thank you Union County for your participation in this event. We look forward to your continued partnership in the future!

We would also like to thank the participating vendors:
C Enterprise
The Greenstation
Preferred Power

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.