Winter yard waste collection

Starting Tuesday, December  27, Lexington will collect natural trees for mulching. Curbside tree pickup will be offered through Friday, January 27.  All lights, ornaments and other decorations must be removed before setting your tree out. Please place your tree on the curb next to your waste collection carts the evening before your regular collection day. Holiday wreathes and natural trimmings may be placed in the grey yard waste container or on the curb. As with trees, all decorations should be removed.  

Residents wishing to get rid of artificial trees are encouraged to resell or donate them. If that is not an option, artificial trees may be placed curbside on your regular collection day.

After tree collection ends, the winter weather means a significant decrease in the amount of yard waste materials set out. In response, Lexington will once again implement the winter yard waste collection protocol.
Trash and recycling trucks will run their regular routes, with weekly collection available to all households as usual.  Yard waste, however, will be serviced only by request. If you need your yard cart serviced, simply call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255 to arrange for a pickup. You can also submit a service request using the LexCall phone app or the online form at

The winter yard waste protocol is one of the many ways that Lexington works to ensure quality service and efficient operations throughout the year. Last year, implementing to the winter protocol saved the city $36,262.  

This year’s winter protocol will begin Monday, January 30, 2017. Regular yard waste collection will resume no later than Monday, March 13, 2017. The Division of Waste Management will assess weather patterns as spring approaches, and this protocol schedule is subject to change to best meet Lexington’s needs.