RIVERSIDE (CBS) — For the 10th year, the Southern California smog regulatory agency is accepting applications from lawn mower owners to swap their fume-generating gas machines for subsidized and quiet, clean electrical mowers.

Since 2003, 43,438 gas-power mowers have been purchased by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and sent to junkyards, the agency said in announcing the annual buyback program.

Six different battery-powered electric mowers are being offered by the AQMD in exchange for working gas models. The subsidized prices range from $100 for a small model to $220 for the largest model, which has electric motors to propel it.

Persons wanting to exchange their functioning gas mowers can register at http://www.aqmd.gov or call (888) 425-6247. The program is open to residents of urban areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Lawn mowers will be exchanged at weekend events on May 19 in Indio, June 9 in Pasadena, June 16 in Rancho Cucamonga, June 23 in Long Beach and June 30 in Anaheim. Residents of any location within the district may attend swaps out of their home counties, the AQMD said.

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