VIDEO: Mowing Down Air Pollution

County residents can roll their old, gasoline powered lawn mowers and other gas-fueled gardening equipment down to Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, May 13, and come away with new, zero-emission models for $99.99 each, which includes tax.

Available on a first-come, first-served basis at the 18th annual “Mowing Down Pollution” Trade-in Event will be 500 new mowers and, for the second year, three other pieces of rechargeable garden equipment that can be exchanged for their gasoline-powered counterparts: a chainsaw, hedge trimmer and string trimmer. Priced at $99.99 each last year, the new garden equipment will now cost $79.99 with each exchange. The new mowers are priced at $99.99 with each exchange, a deep discount from the $399 everyday retail price.  The discounting is paid for through air pollution fines.

Switching from gasoline powered garden equipment to rechargeable electric tools is a way individuals can support the fight to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The May 13 mower exchange will start at 8 a.m. at Qualcomm Stadium at 9449 Friars Road, 92108. Participants are asked to arrive with their trade-in mowers and other equipment emptied of oil and gas. Photo IDs and proof of San Diego County residency are required. Cash or credit cards only; no checks. One trade-in of each type of device is allowed per household, and the devices must be in working condition. Parking will be plentiful and a food and beverage truck will be on hand to provide coffee and snacks.

James Kecskes is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.