Lawnmower Exchanges


The use and production of fossil fuels definitely impacts our environment. Mobile sources that burn fossil fuels such as cars and trucks are the single biggest source of air pollution in South Carolina. But what about "off-road" sources of air pollution like your gas-powered lawn mower? Most people do not associate air pollution with lawn and garden maintenance. Yet emissions from lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, and similar outdoor power equipment are a significant source of air pollution.

What can you do?

County/local governments, businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations can partner with DHEC to sponsor or host an event in their area. Find more information on hosting an event at Guidelines for a Successful Lawn Mower Exchange .

Did you know?

  • Currently, a push mower emits as much hourly pollution as 11 cars and a riding mower emits as much as 34 cars. 
  • An estimated 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled refueling lawn equipment in the U.S. every year, releasing harmful fumes into the air and contaminating our groundwater.  ( Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation )
  • The exchange of 1,000 gasoline-powered lawn mowers for electric mowers has the potential of reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 9.8 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 230 cars from the highways. (Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Electric Mowers are better for air quality, and they are...

  • Easy to start!
  • Quiet
  • Less Polluting
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Inexpensive to Operate!

If you would like to host or sponsor a Lawn Mower Exchange or get involved with your local upcoming event, please contact Adam Ereth in the Bureau of Air Quality by phone at (803) 898-3261, or by email.