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HerbiesHousehold waste that cannot be recycled in the blue Rosie cart or composted in the gray Lenny cart can go into the green Herbie cart where it goes to a landfill. All trash must be contained in disposable plastic bags that are leak proof and securely tied before being placed in the Herbie.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a Herbie?
If you do not have a Herbie cart, call LexCall at 311 or enter a service request online to request a cart. Herbie carts are tied to addresses. Do not take the Herbie cart with you if you move. If your new home does not have a Herbie cart, request one. Your residential Herbie fee is $4.50/month that is included in your LEXserv bill.

When is my Herbie collected?
Landfill waste, recycling and yard waste are collected once a week on the same day. Be aware that anything within a 3-foot radius of the Herbie shall be deemed garbage to be collected.

When can I set my Herbie out?
All carts, including the Herbie, Rosie and Lenny, should be placed on the curb no earlier than 4 p.m. prior to your collection day and no later than 5 a.m. on the day of your collection. Carts must be removed from the curb by 7 p.m. on the day of your collection.

If you have a medical issue which prevents you from rolling the cart to the curb, and have no one to assist you, you may be eligible for a medical exemption. Call LexCall at 311 for more information or request a medical exemption form through email.

What should I do with large items that do not fit in the Herbie?
Bulky items, such as a chair or desk, are collected from the curb on your regular collection day. Appliances and mattresses require a special pickup. Call LexCall at 311 to schedule a pickup or learn more on the Other Items page

What happens if I leave my Herbie out for too long or put items on the curb when it isn’t my collection day?
Setting your Herbie, Rosie or Lenny carts or bulky items on the curb at the wrong time or improperly preparing bulky items are violations of Lexington’s Code of Ordinances. Property owners who receive a violation from the Division of Waste Management must correct the violation within 48 hours. Failure to correct a cart violation within 48 hours can result in the issuance of civil penalties of up to $100, and improper set out of bulky items can result in civil penalties of up to $600.

To keep our city safe and clean, violations that can create a public health or safety hazard may be immediately cleaned up by the Division of Waste Management, who will then bill the property owner. You can learn about recent changes to the Code of Ordinances here.

What if I have more trash than fits in my Herbie?
Your Herbie is a 90 gallon cart with a lid that must be able to be closed when it is set out. If your Herbie will not roll, it has exceeded its weight limit of 200 lbs. and is overloaded. Herbies that are overloaded will not be picked up.

If you regularly have more trash than fits in your Herbie, make sure that you are using your Rosie cart for recyclables and your Lenny cart for yard waste. You can call LexCall at 311 to request a Rosie or Lenny cart if you do not have them. Learn more about recycling   and yard waste.  

LFUCG offers a Free Disposal Day  for residents four times per year. You can learn about other options for extra trash disposal at our Disposal Options page. 

What if my Herbie is stolen, damaged or vandalized?
If your Herbie is stolen or vandalized, report it to LexCall at 311. Reports of stolen or vandalized containers will be investigated by the Division of Waste Management. If the investigation determines that the resident has been negligent in the care of the container, the resident must purchase a replacement cart at a cost of $60. Persons who habitually leave their carts on the curb on non-collection days will be responsible for the cost of any damage to the carts.


Are there materials that should not be put in my Herbie?
The green Herbie cart is for landfill-bound household waste only. Items that cannot be put in the Herbie include:

  • Hot ashes and charcoal: if your Herbie is damaged by ashes or any other flammable material, it will be replaced at the property owner’s expense of $60. Ashes and charcoal should be put in galvanized trash can and water soaked for seven days prior to being placed at the curb for collection.
  • Bricks, dirt, building material, metal car parts, or other excessively heavy material.
  • Paint must be solidified with dirt, kitty litter or sand and placed beside the Herbie for collection. Some latex paint can be taken to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (link to http://www.lexhabitat.org/restore/donate.html ) to be reused.
  • Solvents, flammable liquids, pesticides and other hazardous wastes: follow guidelines on the Household Hazardous Waste page (link to http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2423)
  • Motor oil: must be recycled. Find a drop-off location.     
  • Medical waste should not be put in the Herbie without first calling the Division of Waste Management (425-2255) for safe-disposal procedures.
  • Building debris from demolition or remodeling activities are not collected by the Urban County Government. Professional contractors are responsible for disposing of tree trimmings, carpet, paint and other items used in performing their services. Learn more on our Disposal Options page.
  • Animal excrement should be double-bagged in plastic before placing in the Herbie.
  • Broken glass must be placed in a milk jug or other hard container and placed in the Herbie. NEVER put broken glass in the blue Rosie recycling cart.
  • Recyclables, such as paper, cardboard, steel food cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers should be put in the blue Rosie cart. Learn more about recycling
  • Yard waste, which is grass clippings, leaves, and bush and tree trimmings, should be put in the gray Lenny cart. Learn more about yard waste collection.

Do you need your Herbie repaired or replaced, or do you have other questions?
Requests can be submitted through LexCall at 311 or through email. When submitting a request, please give your name, address, and daytime phone number.

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Last updated: 2/21/2014 3:47:50 PM