Live Green Lexington

We are the environmental go-to 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

Mulch Giveaway
Saturday, Sept. 25
8 a.m. – noon or when supply runs out

Go See Trees
Oct. 1 – 31
Learn about trees in Fayette County. Download a tree passport and use the interactive map to visit local trees. Collect "stamps" from at least 10 trees and turn in your passport for a prize.

Trash Disposal Day
Saturday, Oct. 9
6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
BG 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. No hazardous waste.

Art by Nature Gallery
Oct. 14 – Dec.  17
Thursdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sundays Noon – 6 p.m.
Julietta Market, 101 W. Loudon Ave.
Art by Nature is a celebration of our local environment. The gallery is free for the public. All artworks will be available for purchase.

Household Hazardous Waste
Saturday, Oct. 23
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)
Properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Tire Roundup
Nov. 4, 5 and 6
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 7 a.m. -  noon Saturday
1631 Old Frankfort Pike
Fayette County residents may dispose of waste tires (on or off the rim) for free. Tire retailers, scrap dealers and salvage yards are not eligible.

Lex Glow Ride
Friday, Nov. 5 
6 p.m.,  Bike ride starts at 7 p.m.
550 W. Sixth St.
A family-friendly event for bike riders of all ages and experience levels.

Paper Shred
Saturday, Nov. 13
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

Light collection
Nov. 13 – Jan. 16 | Various locations
Drop off broken or unwanted holiday lights, extension cords, timers, light sensors, power strips and other small electronics at collection sites throughout the city.  

Gobble Grease Toss
Friday, Nov. 26
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.

311 Alerts

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

Residents 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 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.


Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections September 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. East Hickman 5   Council Districts 6 and 7 Branham Park

Nature Hop promises a weekend of outdoor fun

Fourth Annual Nature Hop to be held Sept. 18 and 19.

Portion of Versailles Road to be milled, repaved

Crews will begin milling and repaving work on Versailles Road between Parkers Mill and Oxford Circle (west intersection) starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 12. The work, which will take place between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., is expected to take six nights.