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County to offer discounted zero-emission lawn mowers at 13th Annual Trade-In Event

May 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- County residents can roll their old, gas powered lawn mowers down to the County Administration Center this Saturday and come away with new, zero-emission models. The price? The Black & Decker mowers, which normally retail for $400 plus tax, will cost just $99.99.

Hundreds of the 36-volt cordless mowers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the 13th Annual “Mowing Down Pollution” Lawn Mower Trade-In Event, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts said at a news conference yesterday.

“Since 1990, we have distributed nearly 6,000 rechargeable mowers, removing more than 22 tons of pollutants each year from our air,” Roberts said. “And the event itself is just plain fun. Where else can you gather and see more than 600 people, along with family and friends, lining up with their gasoline mowers? I encourage everyone with a gasoline model to come down and join us in Mowing Down Pollution.”

The mowers can drastically reduce pollution levels. “Gas-powered machines emit an average of about 10 pounds of air pollution per year”, said Robert Kard of the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. The new, upgraded models emit zero pollution.

The event will start at 8 a.m. in the North Parking Lot of the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92101. Participants are advised to arrive early with their trade-in mowers emptied of oil and gas. Photo IDs and proof of San Diego County residency are required.

One trade-in is allowed per household and it must be in working condition. Parking will be available in the North and South parking lots of the County Administration Center. For more information, visit www.ronroberts.com and watch the video at http://www.youtube.com.  Please see the Fact Sheet here for details.