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

Now through September 24 | Wednesdays – Saturdays | Noon to 5 p.m.
LexArts HOP Friday, September 16 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Closing reception Saturday, September 24 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Loudoun House, 209 Castlewood Drive
Art by Nature is a celebration of our local environment. Art will be available for purchase. Schedule of special events and additional details at

Saturday, September 24 | 8 a.m. – noon
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)
Yard waste collected by Lexington’s Waste Management is composted into mulch that is available for free for Lexington residents from time to time.

October 3 to November 6
Various locations and on your own timetable (see the website)
The Go See Trees Fall Challenge is a tree-centric event designed to highlight the importance 
of planting the right tree in the right place.

October 8 | 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
BG Regional Transfer Station, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike
Fayette County residents can dispose of up to one pickup truck load of non-hazardous household waste at this event. Items normally serviced through the city’s curbside collection program will be accepted. Construction and demolition debris, as well as yard waste and large outdoor items, will be accepted at the regular gate rate during the event; they do not qualify for free disposal.

Saturday, October 22 | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)
Fayette County residents can drop off the hazardous materials that have accumulated in their homes. The city will properly dispose of them, free of charge.

Saturday, October 29 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)
Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded at no cost.

Saturday, November 5  
Shillito Park, 3301 Brunswick Road
Light up your bikes, skates, scooters and skateboards and take them out for a spin. The festival starts at 6 p.m. The ride starts at 7 p.m.

Special collections

Campaign sign collection will run from November 9-22.

Holiday light collection will immediately follow, running from November 23 through January 15.

Collection sites to be announced soon.

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.


Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections Sept. 26 – Oct. 1

Residents 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.

Fall mulch giveaway – Saturday, September 24

Mulch will be given away between 8 a.m. and noon, or until supply runs out.

Lane shifts coming to Clays Mill Road

Traffic will be limited to one lane in either direction.