You’re a good neighbor. You dutifully keep your lawn (or what passes for a lawn) mowed. But are you contributing to air pollution in the process?
If you use a gas mower, the answer is yes. According to the Environmental Protection Association, gas lawn mower emissions account for as much as 5 percent of total air pollution in the United States. There’s also the matter of noise pollution, more difficult to quantify but easier to identify. Just ask your neighbors, who are trying to have a backyard picnic while you’re mowing next door.
What to do?
Two options present themselves. Electric mowers are quieter and cleaner. Both corded and cordless models are available.
Quieter and cleaner yet are reel mowers, sometimes called push mowers, which are entirely person-powered.
St. Anthony Park residents interested in trading a gas mower for an electric or reel machine can take advantage of a new program through the District 12 Community Council. If two households team up to buy a new mower and at least one retires a gas mower, they’re eligible for $50 toward the purchase.
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