Residents Can Mow Down Air Pollution

Rebates offered for new lawn equipment

PITTSBURGH, April 7– The Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership, Inc.’s Yard Equipment Exchange rebate program runs through July 31 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
  • Montour True Value, 1503 Fifth Ave., Coraopolis
  • 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