Last week I promoted the idea of replacing your gas-powered lawn mower, trimmer and other garden tools with electric ones. A reader alerted me to a Colorado program that provides financial incentives for doing just that.
The program, which is detailed at www.MowDownPollution.org, provides for the following: a $75 voucher for any handheld electric yard tool when a gas version of that tool is recycled: a $75 voucher for an electric lawn mower without the requirement that a gas mower be recycled; and a $150 voucher for an electric lawn mower when you recycle a gas mower.
First you sign up for the program, and get a confirmation email. Then you have 21 days to recycle your lawn mower (for which they provide a list of local recyclers), then you get a voucher which you can redeem at selected Ace Hardware and Home Depot stores, also listed on that website. Only one voucher per household is allowed per year.
Before you can recycle a gas-powered tool, you must drain both the gas and oil. Denver residents can call the At Your Door Special Collection curbside pickup service at 800-449-7587 for an appointment to recycle that gas and oil. Jeffco residents need to take their gas and oil to the Rooney Road Recycling Center. Get a drop-off reservation by calling 303-316-6262. Adams County residents can go to Veolia Colorado Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center, 9131 E. 96th Avenue in Henderson. Call 303-526-8155 for appointment. And both Douglas and Arapahoe County residents can call (720) 200-1592 to request a curbside pickup.