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 and Streets & Roads.

Holiday lights collection

Do you have holiday lights that are burned out or twinkle when they aren’t supposed to? Don’t toss them; give them to us. Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works is once again helping you check disposing of those lights off your to-do list through its holiday lights collection drive. Last year, 1,555 pounds of lights were collected and recycled.

Citizens can drop off broken or unwanted holiday lights, including string lights, rope lights and electric candles at multiple collection sites. You can also drop off extension cords, timers, light sensors and power strips.

Collection bins will be at the following locations through Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020:

  • Broomwagon Coffee + Bikes (800 North Limestone)
  • Chevy Chase Hardware (883 East High Street)
  • Crank & Boom – Distillery District (1210 Manchester Street)
  • Crank & Boom – The Summit at Fritz Farm (119 Marion Street)
  • Gainesway Community Center (3460 Campus Way)
  • Good Foods Co-Op (455-D Southland Drive)
  • Government Center (200 East Main Street)
  • Kenwick Community Center (313 Owsley Avenue)
  • Lexington Senior Center (195 Life Lane)
  • Pivot Brewing (1400 Delaware Avenue)
  • Third Street Stuff (257 North Limestone)
  • West Sixth Brewing (501 West Sixth Street)

Lights can also be taken directly to the Electronics Recycling Center, located at 1306 Versailles Road. Visit for hours of operation.

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. If you are switching your notifications from text to email, simply sign up for ALL notifications you want to receive. There is no need to cancel the text alerts. Those will be discontinued at the end of Oct.

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.

Yard waste collections during holidays

No yard waste will be collected between Dec. 23, 2019, and Jan. 5, 2020. Only trash and recycling carts will be serviced.

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.

LexGoGreen Radio

Every Monday at 11 a.m., you can tune in to Radio Lex, formally Lexington Community Radio, at 93.9 FM and learn more about our work and living green in Lexington. Episodes are also translated into Spanish and aired bimonthly on Monday at 11 a.m. Tune your radio to El Pulso at 95.7 FM and never miss an episode. You can also download the app or listen online at



Manchester Street to be open at Driscoll and closed at Willard

Adjustments are being made to the sewer construction plan for Manchester Street due to the discovery of an unmapped water line.

Holiday waste collection schedule announced

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Christmas holiday.  Residents and businesses who normally have curbside waste collection on Tuesdays will be serviced on Monday, December 23.

Lexington Recycle Center to shut down Jan. 6 – 19 for improvements

Lexington will ring in the new year with an investment in recycling to improve efficiency and reliability.