By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, STIHL and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information):
Picture: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (Courtesy):
San Bernardino County, California: The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and STIHL has teamed up for a lawn equipment exchange that will start in April 2021.
According to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, beginning April 1, residents living within MDAQMD boundaries are eligible to participate by trading in their working, gas-powered equipment for zero-emission, battery-powered equivalents. The partnership with STIHL allows participants to make the swap at their convenience at one of several participating vendor locations throughout the Mojave Desert.
Prior to 2020, the District’s exchange program was a single-day event. Last year was the first of the MDAQMD and STIHL partnership, shattering previous records for the District’s annual exchange.
“We couldn’t be happier with our inaugural year teaming with STIHL,” said Brad Poiriez, MDAQMD’s Executive Director and Air Pollution Control Officer. “We know the ease and convenience of going into a storefront to complete the exchange contributed greatly to the success. There’s still a demand out there for these items, which significantly reduce local emissions, so we’ll continue to help the process as best we can.”
The 2021 exchange program offers state-of-the-art battery-electric equipment for savings of up to $315. Vendors in Apple Valley, Blythe, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Phelan, Wrightwood and Yucca Valley will be participating.
In addition to the ongoing program, MDAQMD and STIHL have planned a special one-day event to bring the exchange into Barstow. Residents in that area may take their gas-powered equipment to trade for discounted electric versions to Robert A. Sessions Sports Park from 8 am. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10. Preregistration is required by calling Jeanna Mills at Mills Hardware, 760-662-3737.
According to EPA statistics, gas-powered mowers contribute 5% of U.S. air pollution and estimates indicate more than 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, is spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment. That’s more than all the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in the Gulf of Alaska.
More information can be found at the following Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District website:
Anybody with questions can contact the MDAQMD Grants Section either by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 1 (760) 245-1661 #xt. 2020.