Live Green Lexington

We are the environmental go-to people for the City of Lexington. We work to preserve, protect, and enhance Lexington’s environment by educating the public about the need and benefits of creating a healthy and sustainable quality of life for our community.

We are a 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 and Streets & Roads.

Upcoming event

Gobble Grease Toss
Friday, November 29 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Redwood School, 166 Crestwood Dr.
Frying a Thanksgiving turkey? Never pour used cooking oil or grease down the drain. Bring it to us.

311 Alerts

311 Alerts is a system that allows residents to sign up for email notifications about city services and programs.

Please note: Residents were originally able to sign up for text OR email notifications. The city is unable to rely on the text notification system, so has switched to email only. If you are switching your notifications from text to email, simply sign up for ALL notifications you want to receive. There is no need to cancel the text alerts. Those will be discontinued at the end of October.

Citizens may register to receive notifications for:

  • Curbside waste collection schedule changes due to holidays or weather
  • Vacuum leaf collection dates and schedule
  • Receive reminders about Household Hazardous Waste Collections, Paper Shred Events, Reforest the Bluegrass, River Sweep and more.
  • Alerts when conditions are right for sanitary sewer overflows. 

Visit 311alerts or register through the LexCall app for Android and iPhone. Select which notifications you’d like to receive, choose text or email notifications and provide your contact information.

Yard waste collections during holidays

Leaf vacuum collection will take place the week of Thanksgiving, but no yard waste bags or carts will be picked up. Only trash and recycling will be collected. Similarly, no yard waste will be collected the weeks of December 23 and 30, only trash and recycling.

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.

LexGoGreen Radio

Every Monday at 11 a.m., you can tune in to Lexington Community Radio at 93.9 FM and learn more about our work and living green in Lexington. Episodes are also translated into Spanish and aired bimonthly on Monday at 11 a.m. Tune your radio to El Pulso at 95.7 FM and never miss an episode.


Holiday waste collection schedule announced

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Recycle your cooking oil at the Gobble Grease Toss

Frying a turkey this holiday? Recycle your used cooking oil for free at the Gobble Grease Toss on Friday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr.

Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections Nov. 18 – 23

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Breckenridge St Chestnut St Davidson Ct E Loudon Av E Seventh St



Friday, Nov. 29, 2019

  1. Gobble Grease Toss

    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 p.m.