About trash

Residents and businesses with city waste collection services are provided a green roll cart for landfill-bound waste. If you do not have a green cart, request one by calling LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255 or online. Material placed in the green cart must be bagged. Do not overload your cart. If it will not roll, the 200-pound weight limit has been exceeded. Overloaded carts will not be picked up.

If you have more trash than can fit in your green trash cart, do not put trash in your other carts. Securely tie extra bags and set them near, but not against, your cart. Overflow items are picked up by a separate truck, so don’t worry if the extra bags are not collected at the same time as your trash cart.

Lexington residents may sign up for text or email notifications about Waste Management collection changes due to holidays or weather and special collection events. lexingtonky.gov/311alerts

Bulky items:
Most bulky items, such as chairs, desks, mattresses and box springs, can be collected from the curb on your regular collection day. Mattresses and box springs should be laid flat when placed on the curb. We can take grills at the curb as long as all charcoal/gas tanks have been removed. 

Sofas, appliances, and tires need to be scheduled. Tires must be off the rim; a maximum of four tires will be collected in a week. To schedule a special item collection, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255. You can also submit a service request online or using the LexCall mobile app.

Please consider donating items in good condition to a local charity, such as Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salvation Army, Kentucky Refugee Ministries or Goodwill.

Set out times:
As is the case with all carts, your green trash cart and bulky items should be placed on the curb no earlier than 4 p.m. the day before your collection and no later than 5 a.m. on the day of your collection. Carts must be removed from the curb by 7 p.m. on your collection day.

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2024 holiday collection schedule

Additional cart:
Residents can request additional green carts. There is a one-time $60 container fee plus $3.60 sales tax and an additional $4.50 monthly landfill fee for additional green trash carts on the LexServe bill. Request an extra cart online.

Businesses are allotted two carts. Additional carts can be requested. If approved, there will be a one-time charge of $60 and $3.60 sales tax for each additional cart. There will also be a $4.50 monthly landfill fee for each additional cart. That fee will appear on your LEXserve bill.  

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Please leave at least three feet between each cart and other objects.

Items requiring special preparation:

  • Ashes: Ensure all embers are out. Place ashes in a sealed metal container, such as an empty coffee can, and set at the curb next to the green trash cart.
  • Glass: Break up window and door glass, and place it in a sealed container to protect collection crews. Put the container in the green trash cart. Window and door glass is NOT recyclable. Never place containers of broken glass in the blue recycling cart; it poses a safety hazard to employees at the Recycling Center.
  • Medical waste: Place needles and other sharp objects in a secure container, such as a milk jug or coffee can with a lid. Empty urine bags before bagging them. Place all properly prepared medical waste in the green trash cart. Never put medical waste in the blue cart.
  • Paint: 
    • Latex paint that is still usable can be donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Visit LexHabitat.org/ReStore for details.
    • Lead paint can only be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event.
    • Other paint that isn’t lead-based can be landfilled once it is solidified. Add kitty litter, dirt, sand or paint-hardening crystals.
    • Set the container on the curb next to your green cart, with the lid on but not sealed.
  • Pet waste: Pick up after your pet on walks and in your yard. Pet waste washes into storm drains and pollutes local waterways. Double bag pet waste and place it in your green cart.

Other situations:

Green trash cart: Acceptable items

  • Non-recyclable household waste
  • Food
  • Solidified grease
  • Packing materials
  • Pet waste, double bagged in plastic
  • Needles and syringes, secured in a coffee can or milk jug

Green trash cart: Unacceptable items