SAN DIEGO – San Diego County residents can exchange their gasoline-powered lawn mowers for a discounted zero-emissions model Saturday.
At the 18th annual mower exchange, which starts at 8 a.m. at Qualcomm Stadium, residents can trade-in their old mowers for $99.99 each. Five hundred new mowers will be available and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The new mowers are discounted from an everyday retail price of $399. The discounting is paid for through air pollution fines.
Three other pieces of rechargeable garden equipment can also be exchanged for their gas-fueled counterparts at $79.99 each: a chainsaw, hedge trimmer and string trimmer.
The event allows residents to support the fight to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases.
Participants should bring their trade-in mowers and other equipment emptied of oil and gas along with photo IDs and proof of county residency. Only cash and credit cards will be accepted as forms of payment – no checks. One trade-in of each device is allowed per household and devices must be in working condition.
A food and beverage truck will provide coffee and snacks.