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THE BENEFITS OF RECYCLING
Recycling reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfills and produces revenue for our city.
Besides reducing waste, recycling also:

Saves Energy:
Recycling one aluminum can saves as much electricity as it takes to run a television for three hours.

Conserves Natural Resources:
Recycling a four-foot stack of the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper produces as much paper pulp
as a 40-foot pine tree. Glass bottles and jars can be used to replace high grade sand, soda ash, limestone
and feldspar in making new bottles.

Improves the Environment:
Pollutants from manufacturing processes are reduced through recycling--50% for paper
and 90% for aluminum

Strengthens the Economy:
Reclaiming resources from our waste puts money back into the local economy and provides
many jobs in the recycling industry. 

 

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What can I recycle in Lexington?

 Paper Products

  • Boxboard, e.g. cereal, cracker, cake mix, spaghetti, etc., boxes (remove the lining)
  • Brown paper bags
  • Catalogues
  • Corrugated cardboard (remove any packing material)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers, with inserts
  • Office and school papers
  • Phone books
  • Unwanted mail, fliers & door hangers

Cans

  • Aerosol (hair spray, etc.- Empty!)
  • Aluminum soda & beer cans
  • Steel food cans (Please rinse; labels can stay on)

Plastic

  • Bottles and jugs only, e.g. soda, milk, water, juice, detergent, bleach, and fabric softener. Caps should be removed. 

Glass

  • Blue, brown, clear and green bottles and jars go into the Rosie with other recyclables
  • No Pyrex, ceramics or plate glass

What can I not recycle in Lexington?

  • Beverage and refrigerated packaging, e.g. soft drink carrier cases and frozen-food boxes
  • Plastic store bags (return to grocery stores)
  • Styrofoam containers

DOWNLOAD A RECYLING FLYER:

RECYCLING OPTIONS:

BULKY ITEMS:
What to do when you have an item that will not fit in your Herbie.

TIRES:
The city will pick up tires from your residence under certain conditions. 

YARD WASTE:
Organic material from yards: grass clippings, leaves, shrub trimmings, and tree limbs. 

DEAD ANIMALS:
The city will pick up small animals.

APPLIANCES:
Arrange a special pick-up for appliances such as air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators, water heaters, washers, dryers, stoves, furnaces, etc.

ELECTRONICS:
The electronics recycling drop-off center accepts residential electronic waste Monday through Saturday.

RECYCLING DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
Those who do not receive city recycling services but wish to be good stewards of the environment can take recyclable materials to these locations. 

NEED A ROSIE CART?
Residents and businesses with city refuse collection may request a Rosie by either calling LexCall at 3-1-1 or clicking here.

RECYCLING PROGRAMS:

SCHOOL RECYCLING:
Schools that are interested in starting a recycling program, should call 425-2255 or send an email for more information.

BUSINESS RECYCLING:
If you are interested in recycling corrugated cardboard or other items at your business please contact us at 425-2255 or send an email for more information.

LIVE GREEN LEXINGTON PARTNER PROGRAM:
Learn how your business, school or apartment can gain recognition through the Live Green Lexington Partner Program and Bluegrass Greensource.  You can be a LiveGreenLexington Partner by committing to recycle and reduce waste, improve water quality, and increase energy efficiency. 


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