Holiday Waste Tips

Stay on the nice list by recycling right this holiday season. Here is how to properly dispose of your holiday waste.

2022 – 2023 Holiday light collection drive

Thank you to everyone who participated in holiday light recycling drive! Together, we collected 2,934 pounds of lights to be recycled, which is a new record for the event.

Lights and other electronics can be taken directly to the Electronics Recycling Center year-round. The center is located at 1306 Versailles Road. Visit for hours of operation.

Your carts


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

  • Wrapping and tissue paper
  • Padded envelopes
  • Sticker sheets
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Gift bags (reuse if possible)
  • Ribbons, bows and string
  • Molded plastic packaging
  • Bubble wrap and air pillows
  • Alkaline batteries (e.g. AAA, AA, C, D, etc.) Can also be taken to the city's e-waste facility
  • Plastic bags, cellophane and film
  • Musical and photo greeting cards
  • Broken toys
  • Paper and plastic disposable plates
  • Plastic and Styrofoam cups


  • Paper towel, toilet paper and wrapping paper tubes
  • Cereal, gift and shoe boxes
  • Dry shipping boxes (flattened)
  • Brown paper bags
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tin cans
  • Plastic bottles and jugs with a screwtop neck
  • Waxy drink cartons
  • Soda and frozen food boxes


  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Plain greeting cards (not photo)

View the full list of recyclable items and download a flyer for the home, classroom or office at

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


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

  • Artificial Christmas trees: Those with city service can break down their 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 for details.

Electronic waste

  • String lights, rope lights, electric candles
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Hand-held games
  • Game consoles
  • Cell phones
  • Extension cords
  • Timers

Never place eWaste in the blue recycle cart.

Reduce your holiday waste

  • 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

You can always donate unwanted items in good condition