Residents Can Mow Down Air Pollution

Rebates offered for new lawn equipment


PITTSBURGH, April 7, 2019 – The Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership, Inc.’s Yard Equipment Exchange rebate program runs through June 15 and Southwest Pennsylvania residents can exchange gasoline-powered lawn equipment for a rebate toward the purchase of electric or battery-powered equipment at 12 participating True Value stores in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Greene Counties.

The Partnership is offering 400 rebates, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, one rebate per household for an electric or battery -powered lawnmower, trimmer, chainsaw, power washer, leaf blower or push mower, provided a piece of working gasoline-powered lawn equipment is exchanged.  Residents, at their convenience, may visit their local participating True Value Store to exchange the lawn equipment.

Rebate amounts are:
o $150 toward the purchase of a new battery-powered lawnmower
o $100 toward the purchase of a new electric-powered lawnmower
o $50 toward the purchase of a new reel lawnmower
o $30 toward the purchase of a new electric or battery-powered trimmer
o $30 toward the purchase of a new electric or battery-powered leaf blower
o $50 toward the purchase of a new electric or battery-powered chainsaw
o $50 toward the purchase of a new electric power-washer.

“Residents have an opportunity to help mow down air pollution by replacing the gasoline-powered lawn equipment with an electric or battery-powered or hand-powered version that doesn’t create volatile organic compounds that bake in the summer sunlight to produce ground-level ozone,” Betsy Mallison, Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership chair said. “We have plenty of rebates available, so it’s time to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Ground-level ozone affects everyone, but the young, the old and those with respiratory problems are most at risk. However, when ground-level ozone concentrations are unhealthy, particularly during Air Quality Action Days, everyone is at risk.

The purchase of the new electric or battery-powered lawn equipment must be completed by June 30 and the rebate information mailed into the Partnership by July 15.  To claim the rebate, residents need to send a copy of a receipt, the UPC code from the product box and the rebate coupon they received at the True Value Store.

Allegheny County

  • Coraopolis True Value, 1029 Fifth Ave., Coraopolis
  • Evey True Value, 5779 Library Road, Bethel Park
  • Homecraft True Value Building Center, 3407 Library Road, Pittsburgh
  • R C Walter and Sons True Value, 1441 Boston Hollow Road, Rt. 48, Boston
  • Sarasnick’s True Value Hardware, 512 Washington Avenue, Pittsburgh

Beaver County

  • C&I True Value, 2481 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa

Butler County

  • Pfeifer True Value, 300 Marshall Way, Mars
  • Slippery Rock True Value, 239 Grove City Road, Slippery Rock
  • Sarver True Value, 551 South Pike Road, Sarver