Live Green Lexington

We are the go-to environmental 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

Reforest 5K
March 23, 8 a.m.
Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Road
Run or walk 3.1 miles. Race proceeds support Reforest the Bluegrass

Reforest the Bluegrass
Coldstream Park, 1850 Pisacano Drive
Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free trash disposal day
April 13, 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1505 Old Frankfort Pike
Fayette Co. residents can dispose of up to one pickup truck load of non-hazardous household waste

Volunteer opportunities

Cleanup opportunities – Rain can wash litter from parking lots, streets, parks and more into storm drains and on into local creeks. The water that enters storm drains isn’t cleaned. That’s why it’s important that only rain goes down the drain. The city provides Creek Sweep kits with bags and gloves that you can use on walks or keep in your car to clean up while you are out and about. You can request a Creek Sweep kit by emailing  

Storm drain stenciling and painting – Adopt a storm drain. Storm drains lead directly to local creeks, help bring attention to this important infrastructure and encourage people to keep them clean by painting them with clean water messaging; you can even adopt the drain(s) you paint by keeping it free of yard waste, litter and other obstructions. For more information, visit

Scheduled volunteer activities

To receive text alerts about upcoming environmental volunteer opportunities, text LexVol to 888777.

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


Compost workshops now open to all Fayette County residents

The City of Lexington is hosting its third round of home composting workshops. This year, the workshops and subsidized composters will be available to all Lexington residents.

Presidents Day waste collection schedule

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will change the collection schedule for the upcoming Presidents Day holiday.

Regional Climate Action Plan Input Opportunity

Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford Counties, along with the municipal governments within those counties, are collaborating on a regional climate action plan.