Published April 27, 2005


Did you know you could trade in your old gas lawn mower for a credit towards an electric-mulching mower? With this mower exchange, you can help reduce air pollution, prevent gas spills, recycle grass clippings and enjoy a beautiful yard the natural way.

About Mulching Mowers
Clean air and yard waste prevention are the combined goals of an effort to promote grasscycling, the practice of mulching grass clippings by using clean running electric-mulching mowers. Mulching mowers are optimum tools for grasscycling because they are designed to cut fine clippings. With mulching mowers the clippings fall between the blades, quickly decompose and naturally release their nutrients back into the yard.

Where to Trade in Your Gas Power Mower
This May, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will be sponsoring mower exchange events in three Bay Area counties. A $100 rebate will be available to those who wish to exchange their old gas-powered mower for a new air pollution-free electric one. You don't need to be a resident of the county where the event is held to participate; however, you do need to live in one of the nine Bay Area counties. Interested residents should bring their mowers, drained of gas and oil, to a participating Home Depot store. You must turn in your old mower for recycling to get the $100 discount. In return, you may choose to purchase either a Black & Decker corded MM 575 model for a reduced price of $99 plus tax, or the larger MM 875 corded mower for the reduced price of $129 plus tax. All events are on a first come, first served basis, for as long as supplies last.
Santa Clara May 7 8am - noon Sunnyvale Home Depot, 680 Kifer Road (408) 245-3686
Alameda May 14 8am - noon Pleasanton Home Depot, 6000 Johnson Drive (925) 847-9200
Contra Costa May 21 8am - noon Concord Home Depot, 2090 Meridian Park Boulevard (925) 798-9600

Additional Information
Additional information relating to the event and event participation is available. Please feel free to use the contact information below for details.

Contact Information
Ralph Borrmann
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
939 Ellis Street, San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 749-4791 phone     (415) 928-8560 fax     rborrmann@baaqmd.gov e-mail     www.baaqmd.gov WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California 94588-8570
(925) 734-6500 phone     (925) 734-6501 fax     info@hacienda.org e-mail     www.hacienda.org WWW