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Regional Lawnmower Buy-Back Program

Project Information

Award Amount:$32,400.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:9/15/00-6/14/02
The Chicago Department of Environment (CDOE) has begun addressing lawn equipment as a major source of air pollution by encouraging residents of the Chicago region to trade in their gas-powered lawnmowers for new electric push mowers. CDOE has coordinated eight lawnmower equipment buyback programs where citizens received a rebate of $60 towards the purchase of a non-motorized mower regardless of the brand or place of purchase.

Environmental Results/Products:
CDOE has successfully retired more than 800 mowers during its events, sparing the region over 7 tons per year of ozone-causing pollution. During the summer of 2000, six buy back events were held in suburban locations and two were held in the City of Chicago. A total of 556 mowers were collected during these events, resulting in approximately 3.3 tons of VOC reductions for the mowing season.

The seasonal emission estimates assume a 20-week mowing season beginning May 15th and ending October 15th. Emission reduction estimates assume that an average lawn mower emits approximate 12 pounds of emissions during the mowing season.

In 2001, one event was held in the City of Chicago in conjunction with the CDOE’s household hazardous waste collection event. A total of 242 mowers were collected which resulted in 2.55 tons of VOC’s reduced per season. On June 8, 2002, CDOE collected 193 mowers, resulting in 1.20 tons of VOC reduced per season. Six lawnmower buy back events were held in various suburbs surrounding the City of Chicago.


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Funding Organizations

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U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

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City of Chicago - Primary Contact

Department of Environment
30 N. LaSalle Street, 25th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602
p: (312) 744-8096
f: (312) 744-6451
Individual Contacts
  • Bethany Wezeman


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