By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Program pushes Valley residents to 'clean green'


Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

New equipment must be electric to qualify for the program.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District is looking for Kern County residents who are interested in "cleaning green" and that would be willing to trade in their old gas-powered lawn mowers and other lawn care equipment for new electric versions that will help keep pollutants out of the air.

The program, "Clean Green Machines," gives residents two options to participate in the project. Option 1 requires the resident to purchase a new electric lawn mower or other lawn care machine, replacing their old gas-powered machine. The resident has 30 days to take their old lawn mower to a participating dismantler, along with their rebate application. The SJVAPD advised that you contact the dismantler in advance to verify the facility's requirements, such as the need to drain fluids, etc., before taking it to the facility. They will provide you with a destruction verification form. In this option, the resident will get a rebate of up to $100 when the purchase price for the new machine is $200 or less. The rebate amount is $150 if the machine was purchased for $201 to $350. For new machines that were purchased for more than $350, the rebate is up to $250.

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There is another option open for residents that does not include the need for the resident to turn in their old machine. In this option, the resident purchases a new eligible lawn mower, edger, trimmer, chainsaw or pole saw. They then just fill out the rebate application and submit it to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District, along with a copy of the receipt or invoice for the new electric equipment. They require the applicant to allow four weeks from the time the District receives the completed rebate application for them to issue the rebate. This program is a way that the air pollution district is helping the valley reduce emissions into the valley's atmosphere. For more information or for the proper forms, call the district at 559-230-5800 or go to


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