LOCAL NEWS

Gas-powered leaf blowers exchange program launched to help clean the air

Nov 1, 2023, 12:20 PM | Updated: 12:25 pm

TAYLORSVILLE — There are all sorts of things that end up at Redwood Recycling in Taylorsville every day.

Spencer Martinez, the general manager of the facility, has seen it all.

“We see a lot of washers and dryers,” he said. “Water heaters. Yellow brass. Silverware. Stuff like that that people don’t want anymore.”

However, he is about to see more of something he normally doesn’t see people bringing in here.

“Not very often,” he said with a laugh. “No, not many leaf blowers.”

Yes, leaf blowers.

(John Wilson, KSL TV)

Specifically, gas-powered leaf blowers.

“We all want clean air. It is the air that we all breathe,” said Kim Frost, executive director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership.

Start of an exchange program

On Wednesday morning, with help from a $375,000 donation from Union Pacific, Frost announced the start of an exchange program outside Redwood Recycling.

Anyone with a gas-powered leaf blower can turn it in for a voucher toward an electric powered leaf blower.

“People don’t understand that their lawn and garden equipment is actually putting out a huge amount of pollution, and so this actually helps address that,” said Frost.

(John Wilson, KSL TV)

She also says replacing a machine as little as a leaf blower can make a big difference when it comes to air quality, especially during the winter months when the dreaded inversion is easier to see.

“Using your two-stroke gas-powered leaf blower for just one hour is the equivalent of driving from Disneyland to Ogden,” said Frost.

Several locations participating

The Redwood Recycling facility off 6235 S. Redwood Road in Taylorsville is just one of many drop off spots along the Wasatch Front.

Other locations are:

  • Metro Group, 3150 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City
  • Wasatch Metal Recycling, 205 W. 3300 South, Salt Lake City
  • Metro Recyclers, 555 W. 12th Street, Ogden
  • Valley Metal Recycling, 145 N. 1000 West, Logan

There are only 500 vouchers available for this exchange program.

To get a voucher, you must visit the UCAIR website and register by submitting a brief form.

After registering, UCAIR will send you an email with instructions on how to drop off your gas-powered leaf blower.

At the recycling facility, you will receive a ticket with a unique identification number.

You then scan the QR code on that ticket or enter the ticket number on the UCAIR website voucher request form.

Once that voucher is processed, you will get an email with details on when and where to pick up your new electric-powered leaf blower.

“I bet we’re going to see a lot of them,” said Martinez.

Even for a guy who has seen it all, he is happy to now be seeing this.

“It gives us some exposure to let people know we were here and it is super important. It brings carbons down,” said Martinez. “We are doing good. Yes.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A man stands near what was discovered to be a well that opened up in a Spanish Fork man's Driveway....

Brianna Chavez

Spanish Fork homeowner finds old well under his driveway

After years of gradual change in one Spanish Fork homeowner's driveway, a well was discovered after part of the concrete caved in.

2 hours ago

Michael Cook, who was running for the Republican nomination for Spanish Fork's District 25 senate s...

Carlysle Price and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Former Senate candidate charged for refusing to leave a USPS while gathering signatures

Former Republican candidate Michael Cook is facing two charges after allegedly attempting to gather signatures in a federal building on March 29.

4 hours ago

FILE: A Summit County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle. (KSL TV)...

Alexander Campbell

Multiple Summit County businesses affected by counterfeit scheme, one arrested in connection

After reports of businesses being passed counterfeit money, one man is arrested in Summit County and facing drug and forgery charges.

4 hours ago

Green grass and wildflowers grow as a cyclist rides on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in the foothi...

Carter Williams

Salt Lake City hits 1st 80-degree day of year, ties 88-year-old record

Utah's capital tied an 88-year-old temperature record on Friday as the high temperature at Salt Lake City International Airport surpassed 80 degrees for the first time this year.

4 hours ago

The raised waters Parleys Creek in Sugar House Park as the warm weather melts snow in the mountains...

Emma Benson

‘Keep away’: Salt Lake City officials urge water safety amid spring runoff

Salt Lake City officials warn everyone of high waters near parks and trails as warm weather melts the mountain snow.

4 hours ago

Kids and teens don't need to worry about late fees from Salt Lake Count libraries....

Lindsay Aerts

Salt Lake County libraries remove late fees for kids and teens

At a Thursday ceremony at the Granite branch, Salt Lake County leaders highlighted that county libraries will no longer charge late fees on books, music, and movies for kids and teens.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Gas-powered leaf blowers exchange program launched to help clean the air