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, Building Inspection, Engineering and Streets & Roads.

Upcoming events

Now Online - Water Week
March 21-28

Attend events throughout the city celebrating the importance of water and our role in protecting it. It’s a week of activities for all ages, abilities and interests. We’ll create, hike, learn, plant and build community with a full schedule of events. lexingtonky.gov/waterweek

Reforest the Bluegrass
April 11, 2020, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Belleau Woods Park, 3770 Forest Green Dr.

Help expand Lexington's urban forest and protect local waterways by planting native trees. lexingtonky.gov/reforest

Canceled - Trash Disposal Day
April 11, 2020, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bluegrass 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. lexingtonky.gov/free-trash-disposal-day

Canceled - Household Hazardous Waste Collection
April 18, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Enter via Jimmie Campbell Drive.

From time-to-time, the city offers a household hazardous waste collection. During these events, 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.  lexingtonky.gov/household-hazardous-waste

Canceled - Mulch Giveaway
April 25, 2020, 8 a.m. – noon or when supply runs out
1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Enter via Jimmie Campbell Drive.

Yard waste collected by Lexington’s Division of Waste Management is composted into mulch that is available for free for Lexington residents. lexingtonky.gov/mulch-giveaway

Paper Shred 
May 16, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Enter via Jimmie Campbell Drive.

Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded at no cost. This event allows residents to safely dispose of up to five boxes or bags of material in an environmentally-friendly way. Shred-it, a division of Stericycle, securely destroys documents on-site. The material collected is recycled into low-grade paper products. 

Trash Disposal Day
July 11, 2020, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bluegrass 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. lexingtonky.gov/free-trash-disposal-day

Trash Disposal Day
Oct. 10, 2020, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bluegrass 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. lexingtonky.gov/free-trash-disposal-day

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.  

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 lexingtonky.gov/ 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.

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.

2020 holiday waste collection schedule

LexGoGreen Radio

Every Monday at 11 a.m., you can tune in to Radio Lex, formally 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. You can also download the app or listen online at RadioLex.us.

 

News

Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections March 30 – April 4

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Aristocracy Cir Arthur Way Astarita Way Belmere Dr Chimney Point Ln

Traffic changes coming to Bolivar and Avenue of Champions

Bolivar Street will be one-way from S. Upper toward Oliver Lewis Way and S.

Lexington reminds residents not to flush wipes

With toilet paper being in short supply, many people are relying on alternatives such as baby wipes, flushable wipes and paper towels.

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