Live Green Lexington

We are the environmental go-to people for the City of Lexington. It’s our job to let you know what the city is doing to protect and improve the environment and how you can help.

Our team is 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, Building Inspection, Engineering and Streets & Roads.

Upcoming events

Paper Shred
Saturday, May 21 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter Via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)
Safely shred unwanted documents and papers in an environmentally-friendly way. Pre-shredded material will be accepted. 

Saturday, June 4 | 1 – 4 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike.
Attendees can view more than 20 city trucks. Drivers will be on hand to answer questions, and perform demonstrations. This event is open to all ages and is free to the public.

River Sweep
Saturday, June 18 
Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. 

Limited time hose collection

Give hoses new life during this one-time collection event. Collected hoses will be used to create part of  the scenery for ACTivate's Seussical The Musical. Collection bins will be available at participating businesses across Lexington until Friday, May 20.

  • Good Foods Co-op, 455-D Southland Dr.
  • Lexington Pavement Sweep, 650 Montgomery Ave.
  • Most Valuable Pets, 921 Beaumont Ctr Pkwy
  • Perspectives, 352 Longview Plaza
  • Pivot Brewing, 1400 Delaware Ave.
  • Sayre School, 194 N. Limestone
  • The Living Arts and Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 E. Third St. 
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, 152 N. Locust Hill Dr.

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.

At Your Service newsletters


Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections May 23 – 28

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Certain conditions may cause this schedule to change.

Chemical root control work: May 23– 28

As part of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s infrastructure program, chemical foam is being injected into the sanitary sewer system to control and inhibit root growth within the system.

Free paper shred event – Saturday, May 21

Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of dry material to be shredded at no cost.