Live Green Lexington

We are the environmental go-to people for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. 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.

Holiday light drive

Holiday lights cause serious problems at the Recycling Center, especially this time of year. Never put them in your blue recycling cart. You can take them to the Electronic Recycling Center year-round.

The city is also partnering with businesses and organizations throughout Lexington to set up holiday light drop off locations to make proper disposal of holiday lights even more convenient. The list of participating locations will be coming soon.

Holiday waste tips

The holidays are a busy time at Lexington’s Recycling Center. Help us keep the center running smoothly by recycling right. Find out how to properly dispose of your holiday waste below:


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

  • Wrapping paper
  • Padded envelopes
  • Sticker sheets
  • Ribbons, bows and string
  • Tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap and air pillows
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic bags, cellophane and film
  • Musical greeting cards


These items are recyclable in Lexington:

  • Greeting cards and envelopes
  • Gift boxes
  • Shipping boxes
  • Wrapping paper tubes
  • Catalogs
  • Paper bags and gift bags

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


  • Natural Christmas Trees: Remove all lights and decorations. Place at the curb on your regular collection day. Natural trees will be composted at the city’s composting facility.
  • Artificial Christmas Trees: Break down 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.


Recycle eWaste at the Electronics Recycling Center located at 1306 Versailles Rd. This service is free for Fayette County residents. No businesses or organizations, please. Visit for hours and a complete list of acceptable items. Common holiday eWaste includes:

  • Holiday string lights
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Hand-held games
  • Game consoles
  • Cell phones

Never place eWaste in the blue recycling cart.


Recycling and composting reduces waste heading to landfills but still required energy and resources. Reducing your overall waste is even better. Use less this holiday season with these tips:

  • Give unwanted items in good condition a second life by donating them. Find a local organization near you at This guide was developed by a group in the Citizens' Environmental Academy.
  • 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.

*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. 

Sign up for 311 Alerts

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

Citizens may register to receive notifications for:

  • Curbside waste collection schedule changes due to holidays or weather
  • Vacuum leaf collection dates and schedule
  • Special collection events such as Household Hazardous Waste Collections and Paper Shred
  • Volunteer events such as Reforest the Bluegrass and River Sweep.
  • 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.

To register for text and email notifications, complete the form twice – once for each method of communication. You may choose to receive different notifications by text than by email.

Save these dates

Paper shred
Saturday, Nov. 17 
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Old Landfill Pad (1631 Old Frankfort Pike)

Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded at no cost. No wet material will be accepted. Free for Fayette County residents.

Great American Cleanup

Coordinate a cleanup in your neighborhood, near your school, in your local park – anywhere! Register your event with Keep Lexington Beautiful, and receive free bags, gloves and other supplies.

Do your duty

When pet waste is left on lawns, trails or sidewalks, rain washes it into the city’s storm drains that lead straight to our local streams.

What can I do to help?

  • Always pick up your pet’s waste.
  • Carry a plastic bag when walking your pet so that you can dispose of pet waste properly.  Some parks have pet waste stations with bags and trash cans that you can use.
  • Pet waste should be bagged and put in the green trash cart, not the blue recycling cart or the gray yard waste cart.
  • DO NOT compost or use pet waste as a garden fertilizer.



Share your Acts of Green on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag them #LexGoGreen to show others what they can do. Acts of Green can be big or small:

At Your Service newsletters


Recycle your cooking oil at the Gobble Grease Toss

Recycle your used cooking oil for free at the Gobble Grease Toss on Friday, Nov. 23.

City will permanently close part of Waveland Museum Lane

The section of Waveland Museum Lane between Millpond Drive and Winthrop Drive will be permanently closed on Thursday, Nov. 15, weather permitting.

City crews to rehabilitate 22 manholes on Old Paris Pike

Streets and Roads employees will begin rehabilitating 22 manholes on Old Paris Pike tonight starting at midnight. This project will provide a smoother ride for motorists.



Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

  1. Paper shred

    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

  1. Gobble Grease Toss

    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.