Residents of southwest Ohio are invited to replace their gas-powered lawn mower with a new battery-operated mower through the “Mow Greener” program. Residents may register online to receive a $100 VISA gift card when they recycle their old mower and provide proof of purchase of a battery-powered mower. Program registration opens on Wednesday, March 1 at SouthwestOhioAir.org. Residents who do not have internet access may register by phone at (513) 946-7777. There is a limit of available gift cards, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Mow Greener is for residential household in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, or Warren counties. New battery powered lawn mower must be purchased after January 1, 2023, to be eligible. Program participants will find a list by county of scrap metal recyclers where they can take their old lawn mowers on the Mow Green webpage.
Why should a homeowner consider switching to a battery-operated lawn mower? From an air quality perspective, battery-powered mowers run cleaner than gas and oil-based engines. In addition, they are easier and cheaper to maintain as there is no gas, oil, or spark plugs. Battery-powered mowers are lightweight, easy to start, and their battery packs may be used in other lawn care equipment with the same brand and/or voltage requirements.