Memorial Day is here, and as summer approaches, Louisville has an extra incentive for residents to ditch gas-guzzling mowers and other lawn care equipment and go green.
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District offers rebates for people who buy lawn care products that don’t use gasoline through its Lawn Care for Cleaner Air program, which was founded 19 years ago to curtail the use of gas-powered lawn equipment.
Rebates are offered for items like electric mowers, leaf blowers and other products that are cleaner than devices that burn gasoline, with additional money offered for trade-ins. The rebate amounts vary depending on the equipment, but they could reach $100 if a gas lawnmower is being replaced.
Louisville is home to more than 71,000 mowable acres of land, according to the city’s Air Pollution Control District, and gas-powered lawn care equipment used to maintain that land produces about 20.5 million pounds of air pollution each year.
“The biggest goal for us is to have an impact on air quality,” said Bradley Coomes, the program’s environmental coordinator and administrator.
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Here’s how the program works:
How first-time buyers can get a lawn mower rebate in Louisville
Buying a lawn mower for the first time? If it’s electric, the city can help you pay for it.
Several designated local stores offer immediate rebates for buyers looking to make a purchase. A rebates request form is also available on the program’s website if equipment is bought at another store in Louisville – that money should be sent to buyers within 60 days after the form is submitted. Proof of residency within Jefferson County is required for buyers to be eligible.
How to get a rebate for a gas lawnmower in Louisville
Buyers can get back more money through the program if they trade in gas-powered products.
The items that use gasoline can be turned into one of three recycling centers around town – the Louisville Metro Recycling Center at 595 Hubbards Lane, the Louisville Metro Recycling Center at 7219 Dixie Highway and the Metro Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Ave. People who turn in products at those locations are then given a ticket to be turned in when they request a rebate.
Rebates are only available for buyers who buy new equipment after turning in a gas-powered product, Coomes noted, and are not offered to people who are just looking to recycle an older piece of equipment. Rebates are also only offered for the same product the buyer turns in to be recycled, and additional rebates are not given for batteries turned in with pieces of equipment.
Stores that work with Louisville’s lawn care rebate program
- Anderson’s Sales and Service on Crestwood
- Anderson’s Sales and Service on Waterson Trail
- Brownsboro Hardware on Brownsboro Road
- Brownsboro Hardware/Prospect on Highway 42
- Janes Brothers Hardware
- Keith’s Hardware
- Louisville Tractor
- Oscar’s Hardware
- Oscar’s Germantown
- Westenhofer Hardware
There is no time limit to submit the required documents to get the rebate, Coomes said. Just be sure to include proof of Louisville residency and the purchase receipt when sending in the rebate form.
“We don’t want to make it difficult to use this program,” Coomes said.
Several pieces of electric equipment are covered under the rebate program, including:
- String trimmers ($15 standard, $30 with trade-in)
- Leaf blowers ($15 standard, $30 with trade-in)
- Electric mowers ($50 standard, $100 with trade-in)
- Reel mowers ($25 standard, $50 with trade-in)
- Mower battery ($25 standard, $50 with trade-in)
- String trimmer/leaf blower battery ($10 standard, $15 with trade-in)
Plus, grants are offered to nonprofits
Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District also offers a yearly grant to provide electrical lawn care equipment to a local nonprofit.
The Lawn Care for Cleaner Air Community Equipment Grant will be awarded annually to a Louisville-based nonprofit, giving several pieces of electric lawn care equipment to an organization that has applied and has shown a need for the products as well as a commitment to sustainability. The grant is aimed toward helping nonprofits “maintain their grounds,” said Coomes.
In March the first grant was given to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, and this year’s application period closed on April 8.
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