Residents fight air and noise pollution by swapping their mowers

Many Concord yards are getting healthier and quieter thanks to the Concord Lawnmower Swap. Last Saturday, nearly 100 Concord residents rolled up to Concord Public Works to recycle their noisy, pollutant-belching gas mowers.

In return for this eco-friendly gesture, they received a deep discount on the clean, green and serene battery-powered electric EGO mowers rated #1 by Consumer Reports. Thanks to the Cooler Concord $100 rebate available from the Town of Concord and additional discounts from partner Home Depot, residents could feel good about saving money while at the same time helping to reduce carbon emissions.

“This is perfect timing for me,” said Doug Johnson, who drove his riding gas mower from his home to Keyes Road to turn it in. “I was going to have to put a lot of money into my gas mower and I wasn’t looking forward to that. I’m happy to have the opportunity to go electric!”

Residents got to see a wide variety of electric yard equipment demonstrated by the EGO marketing rep, from a large battery-powered commercial grade mower (courtesy of Concord’s own Eco-Quiet Lawn Service) to an electric snow-blower, chain saw, leaf blower, and string trimmer.

“It feels like the electric revolution!” said resident Patrick Kleyn who was very impressed with the power and quietness of the EGO mower. “With the rebate and the environmental benefit, it’s pretty much a no-brainer.”

Meanwhile, Concord Public Works staff were kept busy loading residents’ old gas mowers into a large container which Framingham Salvage will take away and recycle.

According to Jamie Banks, Executive Director of non-profit Quiet Communities in Lincoln, who together with Concord’s Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC), helped organize the event, replacing these gas mowers with electric ones will cut 48 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

“Concord is leading the way. It’s reducing its carbon footprint, as well as pollution and noise that are harming our health and environment,” said Jamie, “The success of the swap could not have happened without the teamwork between CSEC, Quiet Communities, Concord Public Works, and business partner, Home Depot Waltham,” she added.

In fact, the trailblazing Concord event is the first of its kind in the Northeast. It caused such a buzz that residents of other towns who stopped by to check it out are already talking about holding their own swaps.

A hearty thanks also to partner Home Depot, who trucked in 90 EGO mowers at 7am that day, and worked tirelessly to make the event run smoothly. Waltham Store Manager, Mike Aubin, was impressed with the program’s success, and hopes to partner with other towns to run similar programs.

“Orange is the new green!” quipped Aubin, referring to how his company’s signature brand color will continue to support environmental initiatives, inspired by great community events such as Concord’s Lawnmower Swap. “We’ve seen our sales of electric mowers grow dramatically over recent years. This past year, we sold twice as many electric mowers as gas mowers.”

Did you miss the action? Don’t worry…it’s not too late to get in on this great deal, save some money, reduce air and noise pollution in your yard and be the proud owner of a state-of-the-art electric mower. But you’ll need to act quickly because this great program ends October 2nd. Visit this page for details now.

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