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

Holiday lights collection
Now – Jan. 14
Drop off broken or unwanted holiday lights for recycling.
Find a list of locations at

Free trash disposal day
Jan. 13, 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1505 Old Frankfort Pike
Fayette Co. residents can dispose of up to one pickup truck load of non-hazardous household waste.
Learn more at

Reforest 5K
March 23, 8 a.m.
Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Rd.
Run or walk 3.1 miles. Race proceeds go to Reforest the Bluegrass

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 Nov. 20 – 22

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.

Neighborhood sewer improvement projects

This is a list of sanitary sewer work anticipated between November 13 and 17.  The estimated duration of the work is included. 1.       Carlisle, 1st   Council District, 1Month 1 Week (Dig and Replace) (Street Closure)

Slow down and take in Art by Nature: Urban Creeks

Art by Nature highlights ways to improve and enhance the natural world through a gallery of native landscapes and plants highlighted by local artists.