About recycling

Help keep Lexington’s Recycle Center running by recycling properly. Not everything with a recycle symbol can be recycled locally. Downloadable flyers on what can be recycled in your blue recycle carts or the blue mixed recycling drop-off locations are available.

Yellow paper recycling drop-off locations are now available throughout Fayette County (see list at bottom of this page). These dumpsters are for clean paper only, which includes office paper, paper mail, newspaper, magazines and catalogs. Shredded paper cannot go in these containers; hold shredded paper for the next Paper Shred event

Keep up to date on the latest happenings at the Recycle Center by visiting lexingtonky.gov/recycleupdates.

Lexington residents may sign up for text or email notifications about Waste Management collection changes due to holidays or weather and special collection events. lexingtonky.gov/311alerts

Partner communities

Partners map

Lexington’s Recycle Center processes material for all of Lexington and several other Central Kentucky communities. If your community recycles with us, the information on acceptable and unwanted items below applies to you as well. Please note that some affiliates don’t accept glass due to the risk to collectors.

Partner communities include Anderson County, Berea, Boyle County, Clark County, Danville, Frankfort, Franklin County, Georgetown, Harrison County, Harrodsburg, Jessamine County, Lawrenceburg, Madison County, Nicholasville, Scott County, Shelby County, Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Versailles and Winchester.

Acceptable items

Never bag recyclables. They should be put in the blue cart or recycling dumpster loose.

  • Aluminum cans: soda and beer cans
  • Steel cans: canned food (Please rinse. Labels can stay on.)
  • Plastic screw top bottles and jugs: soda and water bottles; milk jugs; liquid laundry detergent jugs  (The top should be smaller than the bottom. Don’t worry about the #.)
  • Dry cardboard with packing material removed: moving boxes; shipping boxes 
  • Box board: gift boxes; shoe boxes; cereal boxes; toilet paper rolls; paper towel rolls; wrapping paper rolls (Do NOT recycle boxboard that is made to go in the refrigerator or freezer such as soda boxes or frozen meals.)
  • Brown paper: paper grocery bags; packing paper; kraft paper (Brown paper should go in your blue cart NOT the yellow paper bins.)
  • Glass bottles and jars, colored and clear: soda, beer and wine bottles; pasta sauce and salsa jars

The specific items listed are examples, not a comprehensive list. If you have questions about an item, call LexCall at (859) 425-2255 or 311 or email us at LiveGreen@lexingtonky.gov.

* The Recycle Center is currently not accepting paper products. These items should be dropped off at paper-only recycling bins. 

Download a flyer on what to recycle

Spanish version of flyer

Unwanted items

Trash in recycling carts and dumpsters make the Recycle Center less efficient. Many of unwanted items can damage equipment or pose a risk to workers. Please throw these items away in your green roll cart or dispose of them using the alternative method indicated. These items include:

  • Plastic bags, wrap and film (Several stores accept plastic bags for recycling.)
  • Hoses
  • Bungee cords
  • Christmas lights (Christmas lights can be recycled at the Electronic Recycling Center.)
  • Clothes (Several charities will accept clothing and other cloth items for reuse.)
  • Chains (There is a special metal recycling dumpster located at the Recycling Center. Chains should not be put in curbside recycling carts or recycling dumpsters.)
  • Pyrex or plate glass
  • Ceramics
  • Packaging intended for the refrigerator or freezer: soft drink carrier cases, frozen-food boxes, etc.
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Clam shell packaging / plastic containers with removable lids
  • Disposable cups, hot or cold
  • K-Cup type pods
  • Plastic yogurt cups
  • Wrapping and tissue paper

Curbside carts

Lexington-Fayette residents and businesses with city waste collection services can recycle using their blue roll cart. If you do not have a blue recycling roll cart, request one by calling LexCall at 311 or online

As is the case with all carts, your blue recycling cart should be placed on the curb no earlier than 4 p.m. the day before your collection and no later than 5 a.m. on the day of your collection. Carts must be removed from the curb by 7 p.m. on your collection day. Find your collection day.

Residents can request additional blue carts. There is a one-time $60 container fee and $3.60 sales tax for each additional blue cart. Call LexCall for more information or to request an extra cart.

Businesses are allotted two carts. Additional carts can be requested. If approved, there will be a one-time charge of $60 for each additional cart plus $3.60 sales tax. 

Excess cardboard may be placed at the curb near your carts on your regular collection day. Boxes must be empty, flattened and tied or bundled. Please do not set cardboard out on rainy days. It is important to keep recyclable materials dry.

Residents who do not receive city waste collection services can recycle using one of the blue mixed drop-off recycling containers located throughout Lexington. Material disposed of using either a blue roll cart or drop-off container should be loose, never bagged.    

E-Waste recycling

The city’s Electronics Recycling Center will accept residential electronic waste Mondays through Saturdays. The Center does not accept items from businesses, including home businesses, or nonprofit organizations such as churches and schools. This service is for Fayette County residents only.

Where to drop-off:
1306 Versailles Road
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – noon

Follow the signs to the back of the property. Your items will be unloaded for you.

Learn more

Other recycling opportunities

Many local nonprofit groups and businesses also accept items for reuse and recycling. This information can be found at lexingtongreenguide.com. The database was compiled by a group in the Citizens’ Environmental Academy as their capstone project.

Clean paper recycling drop-off locations

Masterson Station Park, 3051 Leestown Road
Dawn to dusk; 7 days a week.
Located near the playground, across from the fairgrounds entrance

Constitution Park, 1670 Old Paris Road
Dawn to dusk; 7 days a week. 
Located in the main parking lot, immediately to the right as you turn in

Veterans Park, 650 Southpoint Dr.
Dawn to dusk; 7 days a week. 
Located between on the two entrances on Southpoint Dr. On turn-in leading to the batting cages.

Good Foods Coop, 455 Southland Dr.
Dawn to dusk; 7 days a week.

Lexington Recycle Center, 360 Thompson Road
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bins are located as you enter the parking lot

Pleasant Ridge Park, 1350 Pleasant Ridge Dr.
Dawn to dusk; 7 days a week. 
Located in the parking lot, visible as you enter

Former Lexington Herald-Leader building, 100 Midland Ave.
Dawn to dusk; 7 days a week.
Located in the back parking lot – almost across from Corral

Lakeview Park, 350 Lakeshore Dr.
Dawn to dusk; 7 days a week.
Located on Manor Dr. next to access for the playground.


Recycle center virtual tour videos