Environmental Quality & Public Works

Mission statement

To preserve, protect and enhance our Bluegrass environment; to provide public infrastructure systems that are safe, efficient and economical; and to promote a healthy and sustainable quality of life for our citizens.

Spring 2017 At Your Service newsletter

Environmental Services

Our division engages the public about environmental issues in our community. We work closely with Waste Management and Water Quality to support recycling and stormwater efforts in Lexington. We also manage sustainability initiatives and handle the beautification and maintenance of the city's green spaces and corridors.

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Streets & Roads

Streets & Roads maintains all city and county roads, except those on the state and federal highway system.

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Traffic Engineering

Traffic Engineering is responsible for the maintenance and daily operation of the city's computerized traffic control system, including first-line response for emergency signal repair.

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Waste Management

The Division of Waste Management is not just about getting rid of things, it's about Lexington's quality of life, its health, and the look of our community.

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Water Quality

The Division of Water Quality provides citizens of Lexington-Fayette County with wastewater treatment and stormwater management services.

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Presidents’ Day holiday collection, closings announcement

Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday. No collections will be made on Monday, Feb. 18. Those with Monday pick-ups will be served on Wednesday, Feb. 20, instead.

Applications being accepted for Citizens’ Environmental Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the next Citizens’ Environmental Academy.

Volunteers needed for Kentucky River Clean Sweep

The 2019 Kentucky River Clean Sweep will be held between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.  



Saturday, April 6, 2019

  1. Household Hazardous Waste Collection

    8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

  1. Trash Disposal Day

    6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  2. Reforest the Bluegrass

    9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

  1. Paper shred

    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 – 6 p.m.

Monday, March 4, 2019

  1. Environmental Commission

    4 – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 – 6 p.m.

Monday, April 1, 2019

  1. Environmental Commission

    4 – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 – 6 p.m.