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 events

Mulch Giveaway
Saturday, May 18 | 8 a.m. – noon or until mulch is gone
1631 Old Frankfort Pike  –  Enter Jimmie Campbell Dr.
Residents of Fayette County may collect up to one truckload. Mulch is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. 

Trash Disposal Day
Saturday, July 13 | 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station  –  1505 Old Frankfort Pike
Drop off a level pickup load of bagged household waste and up to four tires (off the rim). This event is not for hazardous waste.

Kentucky River Clean Sweep
Saturday, July 27 | 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Clays Ferry Boat Dock (Use 9079 Old Richmond Rd. for GPS.)
Have fun while cleaning up the river. Breakfast and lunch provided to all participants. Sign up at

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.

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.

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.



Lexington temporarily suspends paper recycling

This article was updated on May 17, 2019 and on May 15, 2019 Changes in the global marketplace for recycled materials are forcing the Lexington Recycle Center to temporarily suspend recycling of paper products. The change will go into effect immediately.

Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections May 20 - 25

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Adcolor Dr Briarwood Cir, Dr Cedarwood Dr Dawson Creek Way

Mulch Giveaway – Saturday, May 18

Mulch, created from yard waste collected by the city, will be given away to Lexington residents on Saturday, May 18, at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike.



Saturday, July 27, 2019

  1. Kentucky River Clean Sweep

    9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 p.m.