Akron Regional Air Quality Management District, a service of Summit County Public Health, is hosting a lawnmower exchange program – Mow GREENER. Due to COVID-19 the exchange had to be restructured. The registration deadline has been extended to May 31, and all documentation must be received by June 30.

Fossil fuel burning lawn maintenance equipment produces a significant amount of air pollution. According to the California Air Resources Board’s website, using a gasoline lawnmower for one hour is equal to driving a car for 300 miles. Battery powered lawn equipment are zero emission when used, and that makes cleaner air for users and their neighbors.

Mow GREENER requires participants to surrender their gasoline lawnmower to a specific scrap dealer, purchase a brand new, battery powered lawnmower, and submit receipts for both to qualify for a $100 Visa gift card as a rebate.

Mow GREENER is for residents (not lawn care companies) of Medina, Summit or Portage Counties and participants must pre-register. This event is limited to 100 households, with one rebate per household. All the current details and the registration form can be found at www.scph.org/air-quality/lawnmower-exchange.

For additional information about Mow GREENER, contact Dawn Meyers, Health Educator at 330-812-3948 or by email at dmeyers@schd.org.