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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Urges Seattle to Recycle Gas Mowers to Protect Climate

4/11/2007  10:00:00 AM
Karen Reed  (206) 684-4552

Mayor Urges Seattle to Recycle Gas Mowers to Protect Climate
Mower Rebate Program Saves Money,
Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels kicked off Seattle’s new gas mower recycling program this morning by showing how new push and electric-powered mowers can cut the grass and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.

According to one estimate, gas mowers cause as much as 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution. A typical gas-powered mower emits 80 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and produces as much pollution in one hour as driving a car 140 miles.

Nickels switched from a gas-powered mower to a cordless electric model last year, and recently he’s been trying out a muscle-powered, reel-type mower.

“Swapping out that old gas-guzzling mower for an electric or push-powered machine is a relatively painless step people can take to help combat global warming. You can cut your grass and cut greenhouse gases at the same time,” said Nickels.

Mayor Nickels is leading a growing coalition of U.S. mayors who have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions in their communities to meet the goals of the Kyoto Protocol. To date, 442 mayors, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, have joined. The lawn mower program is one step in a comprehensive plan to cut an estimated 680,000 metric tons of climate-changing emissions by 2012.

Between April 14 and May 15, residents who turn in their old gas mowers will receive a $25 rebate toward a new push or electric mower. Mowers may be turned in at Seattle Public Utilities North Recycling and Disposal station, 1350 N. 34th St., or south station at 8105 Fifth Ave. S. Participants can receive an additional discount by purchasing their new mowers from a Northwest Natural Yard Days store through May 15. Gas mowers need to be empty of oil and gas before they can be recycled. Mowers that are turned in will be recycled as scrap metal.

The city’s recycling and disposal stations are normally open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. After May 15, they will still accept gas mowers for recycling, but without a rebate.

The rebate program is one part of the city’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, electric or push mowers improve air quality by reducing pollutant production, decrease noise pollution in neighborhoods and save money on gas and oil.

For more information on the $25 mower rebate, visit or call (206) 633-0224.

For a list of participating Northwest Natural Yard Days stores, visit or call (206) 633-0224.

For more information on the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan, please visit

Visit the mayor’s web site at Get the mayor’s inside view on efforts to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and healthy communities by signing up for The Nickels Newsletter at

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