Live Green Lexington

We are the go-to environmental 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

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, March 25
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike

Trash Disposal Day
Saturday, April 15
6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
BG Regional Transfer Station, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Reforest the Bluegrass
Saturday, April 15
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hisle Farm Park

Reforest the Bluegrass at Home
Saturday, April 22
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pick up seedlings at:

  • Castlewood Park, 209 Castlewood Drive, the u-shaped driveway in front of the Loudoun House
  • Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens Boonesboro Road, shelter #6
  • Waverly Park, 4244 Southmoor Park, shelter adjacent to the parking lot

Mulch Giveaway
Saturday, April 29
8 a.m. – noon
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

Saturday, May 13
9 a.m. – noon
Oliver Lewis Way between High Street and South Broadway

Paper Shred
Saturday, May 20
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

Saturday, June 3
10 a.m. – noon (Sensory Hour: 9 – 10 a.m.)
1631 Old Frankfort Pike
Enter Jimmie Campbell Dr.

Saturday, June 17
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kentucky River – Boat Ramp off Old Richmond Road

Trash Disposal Day
Saturday, July 15
6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
BG Regional Transfer Station 1505 Old Frankfort Pike

Volunteer opportunities

Cleanup opportunities – Rain can wash litter from parking lots, streets, parks and more into storm drains and on into local creeks. The water that enters storm drains isn’t cleaned. That’s why it’s important that only rain goes down the drain. The city provides Creek Sweep kits with bags and gloves that you can use on walks or keep in your car to clean up while you are out and about. You can request Creek Sweep kits or supplies for a larger cleanup by emailing  

Storm drain stenciling and painting – Adopt a storm drain. Storm drains lead directly to local creeks, help bring attention to this important infrastructure and encourage people to keep them clean by painting them with clean water messaging, you can even adopt the drain(s) you paint by keeping it free of yard waste, litter and other obstructions. For more information, visit

Scheduled volunteer activities

To receive text alerts about upcoming environmental volunteer opportunities, text LexVol to 888777.

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 April 3 – 8

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.

City to decommission traffic signal at Short and Jefferson

The change will happen on Monday, April 3, around 9 a.m., weather permitting. 

Lexington to celebrate Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a great way to get in the spirit for Earth Day on April 22.