Who doesn't love a good deal? San Diegans who own a gas-powered lawn mower will have a chance to trade their device for an electric version this Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium.
Beginning at 8 a.m., locals can trade their lawn mowers at the 16th Annual Mowing Down Pollution Lawn Mower Trade-In on the triangle of grass along Friars Road at the west end of Qualcomm Stadium.
Hosted by District 4 Supervisor Ron Roberts, the event is organized by the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District and will feature the exchange of 650 gasoline lawn mowers for new, rechargeable battery-powered, Black & Decker CM1936 mowers with 19-inch blades and 36 volt power systems.
The exchange program aims to further clean San Diego’s air and reduce lawn mower noise across neighborhoods.
Here’s how the trade-in works: San Diego residents with proper identification and qualifying gasoline mowers are eligible to participate. Residents exchange their mower and pay $99.99 for a new electrical one, which normally retails for about $400.
The exchange is on a first come, first served basis. Participants can line up for the event as early as 4:30 a.m. The event ends at 12 p.m., according to organizers.
Old mowers will be inspected on site to make sure they work and have all their parts. Broken lawn mowers or those missing pieces will be turned away. According to organizers, this is an important detail as public funds for this program can only be used to replace mowers that actually work and contribute to local air pollution.
Roberts’ website notes that this is the final year of a four-year purchase agreement with Black & Decker that is underwritten with air pollution fine revenue.That means San Diegans looking to upgrade their mowers should take advantage of the opportunity while they can.
“In subsequent years, the numbers of mowers available during the annual exchange is expected to be substantially reduced,” the supervisor's website says.
For more details on the exchange event, including rules, regulations and a map of the trade-in site, click here.