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The use and production of fossil fuels definitely impacts our environment. Mobile sources that burn fossil fuels such as cars and trucks are the single biggest source of air pollution in South Carolina. But what about "off-road" sources of air pollution like your gas-powered lawn mower? Most people do not associate air pollution with lawn and garden maintenance. Yet emissions from lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, and similar outdoor power equipment are a significant source of air pollution.

What can you do?

As an individual participant, you can trade in your gas-powered mower for a discount towards the purchase of an electric one. Find more information on Lawn Mower Exchange events in your area?

County/local governments, businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations can partner with DHEC to sponsor or host an event in their area. Find more information on hosting a Lawn Mower Exchange event?

Did you know?

  • Currently, a push mower emits as much hourly pollution as 11 cars and a riding mower emits as much as 34 cars.  (Source:   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • An estimated 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled refueling lawn equipment in the U.S. every year, releasing harmful fumes into the air and contaminating our ground water.  (Source:   New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
  • The exchange of 1,000 gasoline-powered lawn mowers for electric mowers has the potential of reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 9.8 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 230 cars from the highways. (Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Electric Mowers are better for air quality, and they are...

Easy to start!

Quiet
Less Polluting

Lightweight
Easy to Maintain

Inexpensive to Operate!

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.