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

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

Mulch Giveaway
Saturday, September 23
8 a.m. – noon
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

Household Hazardous Waste Event
Saturday, Oct 28
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1631 Old Frankfort Pike (Enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.)

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 June 5 – 10

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.

Part of Squires Road Trail closed for sewer construction

Closure is expected to last through the summer.

HAWK traffic signal to be installed near UK

The new system is expected to be activated on Thursday, June 1.