Lawnmower Exchange Programs are a Good Way to Cut Grass, Costs and Emissions

We all love a hearty and lush green lawn but letting it grow to your knees or beyond is simply not an option. While those with larger properties are not likely to give up the riding or gas-powered, self-propelled mower, if you’re lawn is manageable enough, an electric or reel mower might be right for you. ConsumerReports.com editor/blogger Ed Perratore offers a wealth of information on his Earth Day post here.

Now more than ever it’s worth it to trade in your old lawn equipment for newer, more efficient models. While lawnmower exchange programs are few and far between, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives some guidelines for starting a lawn equipment exchange program on their website.

Details include:

  • Conduct a survey of your area to determine the population of gas-powered lawn equipment in your area.
  • Determine the amount of gas-powered lawn equipment you would like to remove from service.
  • Seek and obtain funding for your program. Funding can come from a variety of public and private sources.
  • Explore ways to provide alternatives to gas-powered lawn equipment. One way might be to use any funding obtained to provide vouchers for people to use when purchasing electric or manual lawn equipment.
  • Work with local retailers and manufacturers of lawn equipment to see if they could offer alternatives to gas-powered lawn equipment at wholesale costs.
  • Publicize your events with public service announcements, fliers, posters, utility bill stuffers, and other means of communications.

Posted by: Nick

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