Live Green Lexington

We are the environmental go-to people for the City of Lexington. We work to preserve, protect, and enhance Lexington’s environment by educating the public about the need and benefits of creating a healthy and sustainable quality of life for our community.

We are a part of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works, which consists of the divisions of Waste Management, Water Quality (stormwater and sanitary sewers), Environmental Services, Traffic Engineering, Building Inspection, Engineering and Streets & Roads.

Upcoming events


Mid-October to mid-November. This is a virtual event

From garbage trucks to knucklebooms to bulldozers, you can check out the trucks of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works, meet employees who drive them and learn what they do to serve the city.

Gobble Grease Toss
Friday, November 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Note: This date has been confirmed but is subject to change)
Redwood School, 166 Crestwood Dr.
Frying a Thanksgiving turkey? Never pour used cooking oil or grease down the drain. Bring it to us.

311 Alerts

311 Alerts is a system that allows residents to sign up for email notifications about city services and programs.

Please Note: Residents were originally able to sign up for text OR email notifications. The city is unable to rely on the text notification system, so has switched to email only.  

Citizens may register to receive notifications for:

  • Curbside waste collection schedule changes due to holidays or weather
  • Vacuum leaf collection dates and schedule
  • Receive reminders about Household Hazardous Waste Collections, Paper Shred Events, Reforest the Bluegrass, River Sweep and more.
  • Alerts when conditions are right for sanitary sewer overflows. 

Visit 311alerts or register through the LexCall app for Android and iPhone. Select which notifications you’d like to receive, choose text or email notifications and provide your contact information.

Read our blog

The LiveGreenLexington blog is a resource for neighborhood and community leaders, especially those  who post to social media and send out newsletters, emails and other information. Each blog post focuses on a subject related to Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. 

Recycle updates

Contamination, regular maintenance and recycling markets can all affect Lexington’s Recycle Center, which serves communities throughout Central Kentucky. Visit lexingtonkygov/recycleupdates for the latest updates on what’s happening at the center.

2020 holiday waste collection schedule


Heavy traffic expected on Old Frankfort Pike on Saturday

Motorists are cautioned about possible traffic delays on Old Frankfort Pike between New Circle Road and Forbes Road from about 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections October 26 – 31

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Cane Run 4    Council Districts 1 and 6 Benton Ct Bishop Dr

City crews use downtime to prep for snow duties

Streets & Roads crews out practicing for upcoming winter weather.