Recycle your gas lawn mower Saturday

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By Chris Sardelli

ROCK HILL – In a joint effort to keep the air clean, residents in Lancaster, Chester and York counties are being asked to trade-in their old gas-powered lawn mowers at the Mow Down Pollution/ Lawn Mower Exchange on Saturday.

The event, part of the 2009 Earth Day Birthday Celebration, is sponsored by Duke Energy, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.  

Gas-powered lawn mowers produce air pollutants and increase the likelihood of spilling gasoline, which can harm both air and ground water.

Blake Evans, recycling coordinator with Lancaster County Solid Waste Recycling, said people can trade in their old mowers, drained of all fluids, to receive a discount on a Neuton electric lawn mower.

The cordless electric mower is rechargeable, produces no exhaust and does not require oil, gas or spark plugs.

The Neuton mowers usually cost $499, but the discount price with a trade-in is $265.

Discounted mowers will also be available without a trade-in for $374.

Evans said there are a limited amount of lawn mowers for sale.

“I hope we have some residents and neighbors who get together and say they want to get rid of their old, smoky lawn mowers,” Evans said. “It’s a good thing for the environment.”

The event will be held at Mount Gallant Elementary School, 4664 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The school is across from the Museum of York County.  

For details about the lawn mower exchange, visit www.scdhec.gov/lawnmowerexchange or call (803) 628-3181.

 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416