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Rebates for Central Okanagan residents buying green gardening machines

Trade in old gas-powered machines and buy new electric equipment to qualify
Black Press file photo. (Dan Bates/The Herald)

The regional district is offering rebates to Central Okanagan residents to trade in old gas-powered yard equipment for electric models.

The $150 rebate applies to leaf blowers, lawnmowers, trimmers, or chainsaws (two-stroke or four-stroke gas engines).

“This program is a win-win opportunity as it helps residents replace their existing equipment and improves the air quality in our community,” said Nancy Mora Castro, Regional District Central Okanagan (RDCO) Program Coordinator.

To qualify for the maximum rebate to cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of new equipment, residents must provide a receipt for a new electric leaf blower, lawnmower, trimmer, or chainsaw.

Equipment must have a noise rating limit of up to 65 decibels (dB) for leaf blowers and up to 75 dB for lawnmowers. Noise rating does not apply to chainsaw and hedge trimmers.

A recycling receipt for old gas-fueled lawn or garden equipment must also be provided. Residents can visit the Recycling Council of BC website to find a recycling facility.

Residents also need to complete an online application form on the RDCO website. Rebates are limited to one per household.

Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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