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The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District on May 14 will host its eighth annual lawn mower exchange scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city of Lancaster Maintenance Yard, 615 W. Avenue H (corner of 7th Street West and Avenue H). The community is encouraged to participate in the event where they can trade in gas-powered leaf blowers and string trimmers for zero-emission electric models. You must be pre-registered for the event and reside in the Antelope Valley (register at www.thegreenstationproducts.com/avaqmd.html by May 12). Residents may trade in up to one each of any working gasoline-powered lawn mower, leaf blower or string trimmer to obtain a new cordless, electric, rechargeable or otherwise “zero-emission” replacement item (maximum three total items per household).

Participant pricing for the new equipment will be discounted based on trade-ins and incentives, and is due at the time of registration. Special pricing is limited to the first 100 registered participants.

“Gasoline-powered lawn equipment, such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers, are leading sources of off-road emissions,” said Marvin Crist, vice mayor of Lancaster and governing board chairman of the air quality management district. “One gas mower can pollute as much as 40 newer-model vehicles, and only electric lawn equipment offers zero emissions. Events such as the lawn mower exchange provide additional means for improving the overall sustainability of our community.”

To register by phone, call (866) 646-4652. For more details about the event, call (661) 723-8070, ext. 8, or visit www.avaqmd.ca.gov.