Leaf collection

The city offers a leaf vacuum pickup collection once a year for single-family homes that receive city waste collection service. The vacuum leaf collection program is a supplement to the year-round yard waste options.

The city's 2020 vacuum pickup collection has been completed.

Year-round options for those with city collection services

  • Grey yard waste cart: This is the best option for disposing of leaves and other yard waste. If you do not have a grey cart, request one by calling LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255. There is no cost to get a yard cart, which will be serviced on the same day as your trash and recycling carts.
  • Paper yard waste bags: Yard bag coupons are included in the city’s At Your Service newsletter, which is mailed to your home twice a year. As with yard waste carts, paper yard bags will be picked up on your regular collection day. Yard bag coupons can be used at Chevy Chase Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Meijer, Walmart and Kroger.

Year-round options for all city residents

  • Haley Pike composting facility located at 4216 Hedger Lane (two free loads per month)
  • Using a composting mower
  • Composting

Sign up for 311 Alerts

311 Alerts is a system that allows residents to sign up for email notifications about city services and programs including vacuum leaf collection. 311 Alerts will remind you when leaves in your area will be collected and let you know when that work has been completed. Visit lexingtonky.gov/311alerts or register through the LexCall app for Android and iPhone. 

Preparing your leaves for vacuum collection

Residents should prepare their leaves before the collection window for their service area. Rake leaves into the area between the sidewalk and the street. If your sidewalk abuts the curb or if you have no sidewalk, place the leaves on the edge of your lawn closest to the street. Never rake leaves into the street; they can cause traffic hazards and clog storm drains. Piles should contain only leaves. Other objects, such as tree limbs and rocks, can injure crew members or damage equipment.

Where to rake


2020 Collection map

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Service issues

Questions and concerns about leaf disposal can be directed to LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255 or online