Quiet Communities recently partnered with the Town of Concord, MA to organize the first lawn and garden equipment exchange in New England.
Many yards in Concord, MA are getting healthier and quieter thanks to a lawn mower exchange event, the Concord Lawnmower Swap. Last Saturday (9/23/17), 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 a $100 rebate available from the Town of Concord and an additional discount from partner Home Depot (Waltham, MA), residents could feel good about saving money while at the same time helping to reduce carbon emissions.
“This is perfect timing for me,” said resident Doug Johnson, who drove his riding gas mower from his home 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 who attended the lawn mower exchange also got to see a wide variety of electric yard equipment demonstrated, from a large battery-powered commercial grade mower (courtesy of Concord’s 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 for recycling.
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.
“Orange is the new green!” quipped Mike Aubin, Manager of the Home Depot store — 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.”
Adapted from an article by Julie Kleyn, Cooler Concord