The city of Lexington offers a once-a-year vacuum leaf program to residential properties who received city waste collection services. Those residents who have private collection or other services for trash collection do not qualify. In addition to being a service to citizens, the program reduces the hazard of leaves collecting in the street and clogging storm drains.
Start/Stop Dates: The leaf collection program started Monday, November 10, and is expected to continue through Friday, December 19. Please understand that adverse weather may delay the program.
When will my leaves be picked up: You can check your scheduled collection date by using our interactive map (above). The map will be updated throughout the collection schedule. Again, adverse weather may delay the program.
Preparation: Leaves should be raked to the curb but not into the street. You will need to do this the weekend before your collection week. If there are no sidewalks on your street, rake the leaves to the edge of your yard. If your sidewalk goes to the edge of the street (such as Versailles Road) and there is no curb, leaves should be raked to the edge of your yard, but not onto the sidewalk. Leaves can not be picked up when vehicles are parked in front of leaves and blocking access to them.
What if I don’t qualify: If you are a landscaper, a contractor, or have private waste collection services, you can take your leaves to the landfill composting facility on Haley Pike or to other private facilities in town for a nominal fee.
What happens to the leaves: The leaves, along with other yard waste collected by the city, are composted to make mulch that is used by local landscapers and nurseries. The Division of Waste Management gives away the mulch to Fayette County residents on a quarterly basis. Learn more about mulch giveaways.
Other questions: Call LexCall at 311 or 425-2255.
UPDATE: After a brief weather delay, the city’s leaf collection program is back in full swing and is on schedule.
If you don’t want to wait on the leaf collection crew, there are other options available to you.
1) You can use your Lenny yard waste cart.
2) You can also use 30-gallon paper yard waste bags that are available at Chevy Chase Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Kroger, Meijer and Walmart. The bags are free for those who have city waste collection. Qualifying residents should have received coupons in the mail in mid-October. Those who need more can call LexCall at 311 or 425-2255. The Lenny cart and the yard waste bags will be picked up on the homeowner’s regularly scheduled collection day.
3) Individuals who have city waste collection can also take leaves to the Haley Pike composting facility free of charge. The Haley Pike composting facility is located at 4216 Hedger Lane. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, but is closed on Wednesdays. It is also open on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a limit of two pick-up truck loads per month.
4) Additionally, some residents may also make a compost bin in their yard where they turn their yard waste and kitchen scraps into a soil nutrient for their own lawns.
5) Our best recommendation is mowing your lawn weekly with a mulching mower so you can put nutrients back into your lawn.