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

Go See Trees
Sept. 30 – Nov. 5
Various locations and on your own timetable (see the website)
The Go See Trees Fall Challenge is a tree-centric event designed to highlight the importance
of planting the right tree in the right place.

Art By Nature Gallery
Oct. 13 – Nov. 24
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Art by Nature is a celebration of our local environment. Art will be available for purchase. Schedule of special events and additional details at

Trash Disposal Day
Saturday, Oct. 14
6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
BG Regional Transfer Station 1505 Old Frankfort Pike

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

Lex Glow Ride
Saturday, Nov. 4
Brighton Trail
Light up your bikes, skates, scooters and skateboards and take them out for a spin. The festival starts at 5:30 p.m. The ride starts at 7 p.m.

Gobble Grease Toss
Friday, November 24
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.

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.


Presidents Day waste collection schedule announcement

No city waste collections will be made on Monday, February 15. Instead, Monday curbside pickups will be made on Wednesday, February 17.

Show your love of art and trees this Valentine’s Day weekend

On Friday, February 12 from 7 - 8 p.m., spend a date night at home while enjoying a live tour of the Paint by Nature: Trees exhibit.

Mechanical problem delays work on rail trail bridge, road closure

Mechanical issues with a crane that will position concrete beams for the new Brighton Rail Trail Bridge over Man O’ War Boulevard, has pushed back that work to late Friday night/Saturday morning.