Holiday Waste Tips

The holidays are a busy time at Lexington’s Recycling Center. Help us keep the center running smoothly by recycling right. Here is how to properly dispose of your holiday waste.

Your carts

GREEN TRASH CART

These items go in the green trash cart, never in the recycling:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Padded envelopes
  • Sticker sheets
  • Ribbons, bows and string
  • Tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap and air pillows
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic bags, cellophane and film
  • Musical greeting cards

BLUE RECYCLING CART

These items are recyclable in Lexington:

  • Greeting cards and envelopes
  • Gift boxes
  • Shipping boxes
  • Wrapping paper tubes
  • Catalogs
  • Paper bags and gift bags

View the full list of recyclable items and download a flyer for the home, classroom or office at LexingtonKY.gov/Recycling.

The list of recyclable items applies to homes with either private or city recycling services. Items not listed are not recyclable in Lexington regardless of your waste hauler.

If your home is serviced by a private waste hauler and you do not have a recycling cart, drop off your recyclables at one of Lexington’s free drop-off locations. Find one near you at LexingtonKY.gov/Recycling.

GRAY YARD WASTE CART*

Remove all decorations lights, hangers, wires, candles and other non-organic material before placing natural items in the gray yard waste cart:

  • Wreaths
  • Poinsettias
  • Garland
  • Holly
  • Pumpkins
  • Gourds

*These services are available for homes with city waste collection services. If your home is not serviced by city waste collection, contact your private hauler for more information regarding different waste services.

Christmas trees

  • Natural Christmas Trees: Remove all lights and decorations. Place at the curb on your regular collection day. Natural trees will be composted at the city’s composting facility.
  • Artificial Christmas Trees: Break down artificial trees and place them next to your green trash cart at the curb on your regular collection day. Artificial trees in good condition can be donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Visit LexHabitat.org/ReStore for details.

Electronic waste

  • Holiday string lights
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Hand-held games
  • Game consoles
  • Cell phones

Never place eWaste in the blue recycling cart.

Reduce your holiday waste

Give unwanted items in good condition a second life by donating them. Find a local organization near you at lexingtongreenguide.com. This guide was developed by a group in the Citizens' Environmental Academy.

  • Use a reusable shopping bag.
  • Reuse gift boxes and gift bags.
  • Purchase items with less packaging and packaging that is recyclable in Lexington.
  • Use old newsprint, gift bags, and catalogs instead of purchasing new wrapping paper.
  • Give rechargeable batteries with gifts that requires batteries.
  • Give experiences, not things.

 

*These services are available for homes with city waste collection services. If your home is not serviced by city waste collection, contact your private hauler for more information regarding different waste services.

 

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