Live Green Lexington

We are the environmental go-to people for the City of Lexington. It’s our job to let you know what the city is doing to protect and improve the environment and how you can help.

Our team is 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

Free Mulch Giveaway
Saturday, April 17 | 8 a.m. – noon
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

Residents of Fayette County may collect up to one truckload. Mulch is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.  

Paper Shred
Saturday, April 24 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

Safely shred unwanted documents and papers.

Household Hazardous Waste Event
Saturday, May 22 | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

Properly dispose of  household hazardous waste.

Recycle Right!

Recycling is local. A recycle symbol does not mean the item goes in your mixed recycling cart. Unwanted items can damage equipment at the Recycle Center and put employees at risk.

Here’s a quick guide to help you recycle right.

Blue cart:

  • Paper towel, toilet paper and wrapping paper tubes
  • Cereal, gift and shoe boxes
  • Dry shipping boxes
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tin cans
  • Plastic bottles and jugs with a screwtop neck, smaller than the body

Green trash cart:

  • Wrapping and tissue paper
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Gift bags (Reuse if you can!)
  • Molded plastic packaging
  • Broken toys
  • Paper and plastic disposable plates
  • Plastic and Styrofoam cups
  • Waxy drink cartons
  • Soda and frozen food boxes

Other disposal options (NOT in the blue cart):

311 Alerts

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

Residents 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.


Weather prompts waste collection changes

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management is suspending collection services on Thursday due to inclement weather.

Presidents Day waste collection schedule announcement

No city waste collections will be made on Monday, February 15. Instead, Monday curbside pickups will be made on Wednesday, February 17.

Show your love of art and trees this Valentine’s Day weekend

On Friday, February 12 from 7 - 8 p.m., spend a date night at home while enjoying a live tour of the Paint by Nature: Trees exhibit.