April 26, 2004

Clean Air Foundation, Home Depot co-sponsor second Mow Down Pollution campaign

On April 19, the Clean Air Foundation, in partnership with The Home Depot Canada, launched its second national Mow Down Pollution campaign, a public awareness initiative whose objective is to permanently retire 5,000 old gasoline lawnmowers and trimmers from the garden.

Running from April 19 and May 2, the campaign is the largest of its kind in North America and encourages Canadians to bring in their old, polluting gas lawnmowers or trimmers into any Home Depot location in Canada for recycling. In return, they will receive a rebate ranging from $10 to $100 toward the purchase of a variety of low-emission mowers and trimmers. Participating companies include Black & Decker, Great States Corporation, Gardena Canada and Murray Canada.

This year, two innovative new products have been added to the program: a new hybrid mower from Gardena and a cordless rechargeable trimmer from Black and Decker Canada.

A conventional two-stroke gasoline lawnmower pollutes as much in one hour as 40 late-model cars running for the same amount of time. In 2003, Canadians retired 2,789 lawnmowers, for a total reduction of 12 tons of hydrocarbon and 45 tons of carbon monoxide emissions.

In addition to The Home Depot and the manufacturers, supporters of the Mow Down Pollution program include the federal government, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Alberta's Climate Change Central, the city of Calgary, Clean Nova Scotia, 38 recyclers across Canada and others.

More information is available on the campaign Web site, www.mowdownpollution.ca.

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