About recycling

Help keep Lexington’s Recycle Center running by recycling properly. Not everything with a recycle symbol can be recycled locally.

Lexington accepts aluminum and tins cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs, and dry cardboard in its mixed recycling carts and dumpsters. 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. 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. Cardboard should go in mixed recycling carts and dumpsters.

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

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.

We are happy to share that some of our partner communities are planning to divert their recycling to another facility during the paper suspension in order to continue to accept paper. UK has a temporary agreement with another processor. Rumpke will take its material to its plant in Cincinnati. Combined UK and Rumpke’s total material is the equivalent of less than 10% of Lexington Recycle Center’s incoming stream. They were able to find another outlet because of the relatively small amount of material.

Acceptable items

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

  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel food cans (Please rinse. Labels can stay on.)
  • Plastic screw top bottles and jugs (The top should be smaller than the bottom. Don’t worry about the #.)
  • Dry cardboard with packing material removed (Do NOT recycle boxboard that is made to go in the refrigerator or freezer such as soda boxes or frozen meals.)
  • Glass bottles and jars: colored and clear.

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

Download a flyer on what to recycle

Spanish version of flyer

Download a flyer about paper recycling

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
  • Disposable cups, hot or cold
  • Plastic yogurt cups
  • Wrapping and tissue paper

Download flyer

Curbside carts

Lexington-Fayette residents and businesses with city waste collection service 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 service 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.

Recycle center virtual tour videos