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, September 21 | 8 a.m. – noon
1631 Old Frankfort Pike -- Please enter via 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.  

Intro to Geocaching
Thursday, October 3 |11 a.m. – noon
McConnell Springs (416 Rebmann Lane)
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt! Get hands-on experience and learn how to find your first cache. This event is family-friendly and requires no registration. Participants are encouraged to bring a smartphone if possible.

Trash Disposal Day
Saturday, October 12 | 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. 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Please note new time)
1631 Old Frankfort Pike -- Please enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.
Fayette County residents may drop off household hazardous waste for disposal. 

Town Branch Birthday Party
Saturday, October 26 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
301 Jimmie Campbell Drive
The city’s first wastewater treatment plant turns 100! You are invited to celebrate with us and take a tour to see the sewage treatment process firsthand.  

Paper Shred
Saturday, November 2 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike -- Please enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.
Safely shred unwanted documents and papers in an environmentally-friendly way.

Saturday, November 16 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike
The event provides an opportunity for the public to see the trucks we use in service of the city, to learn more about all we do as a department and to meet some of the people who do the work.

Gobble Grease Toss
Friday, November 29 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Redwood School, 166 Crestwood Dr.
Frying a Thanksgiving turkey? Never pour used cooking oil or grease down the drain. Bring it to us.

Recycle updates

Contamination, regular maintenance and recycling markets can all affect Lexington’s Recycle Center, which serves communities throughout Central Kentucky. Visit for the latest updates on what’s happening at the center.

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.


Mulch Giveaway – Saturday, September 21

Yard waste collected by the city is now available as mulch and will be given away free to Lexington residents on Saturday, September 21, at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike.

Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections Sept. 16 – 28

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Asbury Ln Astaire Ct Balfour Dr Bedinger Ct Boardwalk

Heat prompts change in waste collection schedule

With Lexington expecting temperatures to be in the 90s and the heat index above 100 this week, the city’s Division of Waste Management will be adjusting its regular waste collection window.



Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

  1. Intro to geocaching

    11 a.m. – noon


Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

  1. Greenspace Commission

    3 p.m.