You can help homeowners reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) that may affect homeowners, their families, their neighbors, and the community by conducting these activities:
- Raise public awareness
- Implement a lawn equipment exchange program
- Encourage the development of lawn equipment regulations
Raise Public Awareness
Develop publicity materials to raise public awareness about air pollution from lawn equipment. Materials could include:
- Fact sheets.
Maintain a Lawn Equipment Awareness table at public places such as libraries, schools, or community centers.
Sponsor a Lawn Equipment Awareness booth at public places and/or events such as malls, athletic events, or fairs.
Reduced use of gas-powered lawn equipment due to increased public awareness.
- Costs associated with producing awareness materials.
- Costs associated with holding awareness events.
- Fact Sheet from EPA (PDF).
- Fact sheet from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) (PDF) (2 pp, 28 KB).
Implement a Lawn Equipment Exchange Program
- Determine the total population of gas-powered lawn equipment by conducting a survey.
- Find out the total no. of gas-powered lawn equipment you want to remove from service.
- Try to collect funding for your program. It might come from various public and private sources.
- Try to maintain a relation by working with local retailer and manufacturer to find out if they can offer good alternatives at wholesale price.
- Marketing your events to the public by posters, announcements and other sorts of communications.
- Since 1997, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) in California has sold 7,798 cordless electric lawn mowers, recycled 275.2 tons of metal from gas-powered lawn movers, and reduced emissions by 78.9 tons (SMAQMD).
- In the 5-year life of its program (1996 – 2000), Oregon’s lawn mower trade-in program in the Portland area removed 2,006 gas-powered lawn mowers from service and reduced carbon monoxide, VOC, and nitrogen oxides emissions by 130.6, 14.6, and 0.2 tons per year (tpy), respectively (Oregon DEQ).
- In 1997, the Salt River Project sponsored a lawn equipment exchange program in Arizona where 3,600 lawn mowers and 100 other kinds of lawn equipment were traded in, and 1,625 electric lawn mowers were bought. Arizona estimated that VOC emissions were reduced by 20% and CO emissions by 185 tpy (Indiana Department of Environmental Management).
- Reduces air pollution due to removing gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers.
- Costs related to conducting a survey within your area.
- Costs associated with developing publicity materials for the exchange programs.
- Costs related to exchange coupons or exchange equipment.
- Web site from the SMAQMD. Exit EPA Disclaimer
- Web site and program announcement (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
- Flier (PDF) (1 pg, 1.0 MB) Exit EPA Disclaimer from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
- Louisville, Kentucky Lawn Care Rebate Program. Exit EPA Disclaimer
- Web pages from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for their 2004 Exit EPA Disclaimer and 2005 Exit EPA Disclaimer Lawn Mower Exchange Programs.
Encourage the Development of Lawn Equipment Regulations
- Work with your state, local, or Tribal agencies to determine how much of air pollution emissions may be contributed to lawn equipment.
- Work with your state, local, or Tribal agencies to draft regulations to present to the appropriate governing body.
- Remain involved in the legislation process.
- Reduces emissions of air pollution due to removal of gas-powered lawn equipment from service.
- Time and monetary costs associated with working to pass state and/or local laws.
- EPA information on lawn and garden equipment.
- CARB regulatory information. Exit EPA Disclaimer
- Information about CARB’s small off-road engine regulations Exit EPA Disclaimer (includes lawn equipment).