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2021 Lawn Mower Exchange: Swap Out Your Polluting Lawn Mower for an Electric Upgrade

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION. PLEASE SEE LOWER PORTION OF THIS BLOG FOR A LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Gas-powered mowers put out a lot of pollution! It might come as a surprise, but running a gas-powered lawnmower for one hour produces the equivalent air pollution of driving your car 196 miles. This pollution impacts public health, hurting our lungs and cardiovascular systems.

The EPA also estimates that lawn mowers account for 5% of the nation’s total air pollution! The good news is that switching to an electric mower is much cleaner. They’re easier to maintain and quieter to operate too! Improving air quality is why DEQ and Salt Lake City have partnered on the lawnmower exchange program.

Clean Air For All

Salt Lake City residents know that air quality is bad for our community’s health. Switching to an electric lawn mower is a small way that you can make a big impact on our air quality.

Salt Lake City wants to help lead the charge to electrification. Now is your chance to get a new electric lawn mower and say goodbye to your gas-guzzling mower for good. Residents who would like to exchange their old mower for an electric upgrade will receive a $300 rebate. Don’t have a lawn mower? You can still get a $150 rebate on the purchase of a new electric mower without a verified trade-in.

For Salt Lake City residents on government assistance, there will also be opportunities to get a mower for free. 

There are 2,500 slots available to Wasatch Front residents on a first-come, first-serve basis with 1,000 of those funded by Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall just for Salt Lakers.

Salt Lake City’s Waste & Recycling team will even pick up your old lawnmower from your home as part of this exchange program.

Registration Opens April 5 at noon

Starting at noon on April 5, residents along the Wasatch Front can register to participate in the lawn mower exchange.

To qualify for the exchange, please remember the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Residents must be 18 years or older to participate
  • Only one rebate will be issued per household
  • Value of rebate will not exceed value of electric mower
  • Taxes and fees not included in rebate
  • Receipts must not predate 2/25/21

Prior to recycling their old mower, residents who want to participate in the exchange will need to empty their lawn mowers of gas and oil and take this household hazardous waste to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off area.

If you just have oil to dispose of, but no gas, you can take it to one of the many locations which accept used oil.

For more information visit lawnmower.utah.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do I need to contact Call 2 Haul to schedule my lawnmower pickup?
    • No—we’ll contact you by email and/or phone and let you know your collection date.
  • Who do I contact for questions about my lawnmower pickup in Salt Lake City?  
    • Please contact Call 2 Haul at 801-535-6953. Please note that you do not need to contact us to schedule your collection—we’ll reach out to you. 
  • Does the free Salt Lake City lawnmower pickup use up my one Call 2 Haul collection for the year?
    • Nope! The complimentary lawnmower pickup as part of the exchange program is in addition to any regular Call 2 Haul service you request this year.
  • Can I put out other material for Call 2 Haul to pick up with my lawnmower exchange?
    • No please do not put out any other material for collection.  We are just picking up lawnmowers and will not have the capacity to pick up other material at this time. Anything left out other than your lawnmower would be considered an illegal pile. You can schedule your regular Call 2 Haul collection at www.slcgreen.com/c2h.
  • Will I get to choose when Call 2 Haul picks up my mower?
    • Due to the large number of mowers we’ll be collecting, we will contact you with your pickup date based on the most efficient routing through the neighborhoods.
  • How will DEQ know that Call 2 Haul picked up my mower so that I can get my rebate in the mail?
    • We will send a list of our confirmed pickups to DEQ on a regular basis. This will occur very quickly after your mower has been collected by Call 2 Haul so you can complete your rebate paperwork anytime after your mower is collected.
  • Do I need to empty the clippings bag?
    • Yes , please dispose of any debris in the clippings bag before putting your mower on the curb for collection.
  • Do I need to drain the oil and gas for collection?
    • Yes– mowers will be tested and not collected if the gas and oil has not been drained. There are several ways to drain gas and oil, depending on the type of mower you have. A quick online search will help you know what’s best for your mower.
  • Where do I dispose of the used oil and gas from my old mower?
    • Please make sure to dispose of oil and gas responsibly! Do not pour them down the storm drains as the drains run directly into our Jordan River and this will impact water quality and aquatic life. 
    • On lawnmower.utah.gov you can see a map with locations to take old oil.
    • O’Reilly Auto Parts and Autozone locations will take used oil. 
    • Old gas must be taken to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill’s Household Hazardous Waste collection area for proper disposal (or other Household Hazardous Waste collection sites along the Wasatch Front). 
  • What if I don’t want to have my mower picked up by Call 2 Haul? 
    • If you selected the $300 trade-in rebate, you can take your mower directly to a metal recycler. There is a list on lawnmower.utah.gov. All of these recyclers require that the oil and gas be drained. Keep your receipt of recycling your mower and upload it in the second form from DEQ to receive your rebate.
  • How do I claim my rebate?
    • DEQ will email you a form for completion. For the $300 rebate, you’ll upload your electric mower purchase receipt and Call 2 Haul will let DEQ know when we’ve collected your mower. If you choose to drop off your mower directly to a metal recycler, upload your recycling receipt. A check from DEQ will be sent to you in 2-4 weeks. Further instructions are available at lawnmower.utah.gov.

The following FAQ apply to all Wasatch Front residents who are eligible for this program:

  • Do I need to trade-in my gas mower?
    • No, you can opt for a $150 rebate without a trade-in.
  • How long will this program run?
    • A: We expect most of the available rebates will be claimed in a matter of days.  However, we will be reserving 250 rebates for our 84104 and 84116 zip codes in Salt Lake City so those might take a bit longer until they’re sold out.
  • When I sign up at lawnmower.utah.gov do I automatically receive the rebate?
    • A: No, you will receive a separate email 1-2 days later from DEQ letting you know if we still have rebates available.
  • Can I register for more than one rebate?
    • Only one per household.
  • Who is eligible to participate in this program?
    • It’s open to anyone who lives in Davis County, Salt Lake County, Tooele County, Utah County, or Weber County.
  • What if I cannot afford to purchase a lawnmower first and then receive a rebate check afterward?
    • A: There is an option for those on government assistance to receive a pre-selected electric mower free of charge.
  • Q: Other questions on the process?
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