Astonishing Mower Emission Facts in Honor of Earth Day!

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by kirkmbrown2001, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    In honor of Earth day, I thought it would be appropiate to tell everyone how much in emissions we create by doing our jobs. The purpose isn't to bash our industry, just to bring awareness so we are always thinking about it.

    This is the site where I got most of my facts from:

    1. Gasoline mowers represent 5% of the nations air polution

    2. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles.


    3. One hour of mowing is the equivalent of driving 350 miles in terms of volatile organic compounds.

    4. One gas mower spews 87 lbs. of the greenhouse gas CO2, and 54 lbs. of other pollutants into the air every year.

    5. One gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the same amount of time, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists

    6. According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), an hour of weed whacking is the emissions equivalent of driving 834 miles in a modern automobile!

    7. The EPA states that 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, are spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment. That's more than all the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez, in the Gulf of Alaska.

    Sounds pretty bad doesn't it! I like to think that landscapers are helping the environment because we can probably do a property more efficiently with less engine run time than the homeowner could! What do you guys think?
  2. DSF1983

    DSF1983 LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 32

    Mods erase this before someone like Al Gore reads this ;-)
  3. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    yep, and Al gore Says there is global warming.

    i can put a bunch of #'s out there to make my theory look good to, but it hay not always be true

    Believe 1/2 of what you see and none of what you hear.
  4. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I don't know how these are not believable. They are from VERY credible sources. Plus, Weed Whackers DO produce a lot of emissions.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    The day I will accept a valid comparison between a car and a lawnmower is the day my car cuts grass.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  6. DSF1983

    DSF1983 LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 32

    The only reason why is because there are no cats on mowers. Street bikes have them now.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,591

    This is why propane mower is getting some stimulas money from the state. They still won't pay anythign on upgrading an old one but will pay for
    new one.
  8. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I'm waiting for propane string trimmers to become more readily available and cheaper! There is one company that makes them but they aren't a brand name:
  9. Trukfr8

    Trukfr8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I'd hate to see what my old 2 cycle Lawnboy's are doing to the enviroment :)
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