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Green Goods: Leaf Blowers, Who Knew

Posted by: Heather Green on August 18, 2008

Continuing my fascination with the oddities in green goods out there, a new program in LA caught my eye.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Aug. 26 through 28 is running an exchange program for old leaf blowers in Los Angeles. The smog control agency will give landscapers and gardeners the opportunity to turn in their high pollution gizmos for low-emission ones made by Stihl that are four times cleaner than the California Air Resources Board’s standard for new blowers, says the agency. The AQMD is providing a $200 subsidy. It scraps the older models.

According to the smog agency, which expects to exchange around 1,500 leafblowers…

Exchanging the more than 1,500 older blowers will reduce nearly 14 tons of smog-forming pollution a year and the program has been endorsed by the American Lung Association.

And in one year, the average blower emits as much pollution as 80 new cars, each driven 12,500 miles.

Reader Comments


August 21, 2008 11:16 AM

Many Air Quality Districts throughout the state offer the same type of exchange programs for other types of equipment as well, such as gas powered lawn mowers. In the Sacramento area the Sac Metro AQMD, Yolo-Solano AQMD and others have programs. Check out their websites - they are great programs!!

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