The Lawn Mower Exchange Program presented by the Clark County will begin accepting applications from residents who would like to exchange their gasoline-powered lawn mowers for more efficient, nonpolluting Neuton electric mowers.
The mowers, normally retailing for , will be provided to Clark County Residents who meet the program criteria at a cost of . Electric mowers produce no on-site emissions and are equipped with a mulching blade that will reduce landfill pollution. Lawn mower exchange programs are currently used throughout the country to reduce air pollution. There will be 3,000 mowers available to exchange, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Air pollution tends to settle in the Las Vegas Valley because of the bowl-like shape of the Valley. Lawn mowers are a source of air pollution in the Valley. One gas mower can emit as much pollution as 40 new or late-model cars operating over the same period. The average gasoline mower emits over 9,000 times more hydrocarbons than an electric equivalent.
The program was launched on June 23, 2008 and the commitment represents an expansion. The first 1,000 mowers available were exchanged within two weeks. This resulted in the elimination of 40,000 car trips of similar duration. Private funding to expand the program has been committed. It is expected that funding will make an additional 2,000 mowers available for exchange. The goal of this program is to exchange 3,000 gas mowers total. Using 3,000 electric mowers in lieu of gas mowers, is the equivalent of eliminating 120,000 car trips of similar duration.