"Mow Down Pollution" with a new green machine

Top Quote The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) will host its annual "Mow Down Pollution" event for Colorado residents on Saturday, May 7. At the event, residents recycling an old mower will receive a coupon for a deep discount on a new, eco-friendly Newton lawn mower. End Quote
  • Denver, CO (1888PressRelease) April 21, 2011 - Lawnmower Exchange Event May 7

    The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) will host its annual "Mow Down Pollution" event for Colorado residents on Saturday, May 7. Residents are encouraged to recycle their gas-guzzling lawn mowers in exchange for discounts on eco-friendly models. Advance registration is required by logging on to www.neutonpower.com/raqc and selecting whether you will bring a mower to recycle at the May 7 event.

    Mow Down Pollution lawn mower recycling will be held at:
    Denver: Fred Thomas Park, corner for 26th and Quebec Streets, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Lone Tree: RidgeGate, off of Lincoln and I-25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Commerce City: Civic Center, 7887 East 60th Avenue, South Lot, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    At the event, residents recycling an old mower will receive a coupon for a deep discount on a new, eco-friendly Newton lawn mower. Newton mowers must be purchased after the event using the coupon to receive the extra discount. Lower discount coupons for those without a mower to be recycled will also be distributed at the event or can be obtained by emailing Sarah Anderson at sanderson ( @ ) raqc dot org dot

    Several models will be available:
    The CE 5 model (retail price $399) will be sold for $165 for those with a mower to exchange and $190 to those without a gasoline lawn mower to recycle.
    The CE 6 model (retail price $499) will be sold for $250 for those with a mower to exchange and $275 to those without a gasoline lawn mower to recycle.
    The Neuton Reel Mower (retail price $99) will be sold for $54 for those with a mower to exchange and $64 to those without a gasoline lawn mower to recycle.
    To learn more about these models, please visit www.neutonpower.com/raqc.

    With nearly 10 percent of the Denver area's ozone precursor emissions coming from lawn equipment, the switch to eco-friendly alternatives has the potential to make a significant impact on our air quality and health for years to come. At ground level, ozone is a health hazard for everyone, especially the young and elderly. Those who are active and exercise outdoors may experience breathing difficulties and eye irritation. Prolonged exposure may result in reduced resistance to lung infections and colds. Ozone can also trigger attacks and symptoms in individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory infections like chronic bronchitis and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

    "Ground-level ozone pollution is the Denver-area's biggest air quality concern. Its health impacts are becoming more recognized everyday," said Ken Lloyd, Executive Director of the RAQC. "It is important to remember that citizens have the ability to improve our air quality by making simple changes, such as purchasing an eco-friendly lawn mower or only mowing after 5 p.m. if you own a gasoline mower."

    For more information about RAQC or the Mow Down Pollution event, please call Sarah Anderson, communications manager, at 303-629-5450 x 220 or visit OzoneAware.org.

    About Regional Air Quality Council (www.RAQC.org)
    The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) is the lead air quality-planning agency for the seven-county Denver-metropolitan area. In existence since 1989, the Council's main purpose is to develop plans and programs to keep the region in compliance with federal air quality standards, with significant input from area citizens, businesses and local governments. The RAQC also oversees the development and implementation of air quality outreach and education programs throughout the region. The RAQC has partnered with the City and County of Denver, the City of Commerce City and RidgeGate development for the Mow Down Pollution event to help raise awareness of air quality issues in Colorado and provide the residents of Colorado with cost effective earth-friendly lawn care options.
    CONTACT:

    Sarah Anderson
    Communications Manager, Regional Air Quality Council
    303-629-5450, ext. 220
    sanderson ( @ ) raqc dot org

    Heather Hutchinson
    Public Relations Account Manager, Weise Communications
    303-996-9940 x 107
    heatherhutchinson ( @ ) weiseideas dot com

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