Do You Have the Tree?


Do you have a large evergreen tree that is nicely shaped that you want removed from your property? If so, consider donating it for the city to use for Lexington’s holiday season celebration.

City officials will evaluate all trees and select the two chosen for the city Christmas trees. If your tree is chosen, the City and Kentucky Utilities will coordinate with the property owner to remove it in early November. There’s no financial compensation, however removal of the tree and stump grinding is free.

The chosen trees will be placed in Triangle Park and in front of the KU building on Quality Street. They will be decorated and lit Sunday, Nov. 27, as part of the Holiday Lighting Festival. The trees should be Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, or Douglas Fir, and be:

40 – 50 feet high

20 – 25 feet wide

Access must be provided with a clearance of at least 10 feet in width, with no power lines growing in the trees.

There should be no other obstacles, such as buildings that may prevent access Must be able to back a low-boy trailer up to the tree and place KU trucks on either side.

Property owners should call LexCall at 311 or Victoria Hamm at (859) 277-8703 if they want to donate a tree and will be contacted by the city if their tree is chosen.


Holiday Trash Collections Schedule


‘Tis the Season for all kinds of changes in your waste collection schedule. Residences and businesses with curbside city waste collection will be impacted by all the holidays listed below. 

Take your carts to the curb after 4 pm the day before your makeup day. 



Veterans Day means No Service on Fri Nov 11. Your makeup date is Wed Nov 9 2022.

No service on Thanksgiving Day, Thu Nov 24. Your makeup day is the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, Wed Nov 23. 

No service on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Fri Nov 25. Again, the makeup day is the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, Wed Nov 23.


Yard Waste 


Lexington residents with city waste collection can dispose of yard waste using the gray “Lenny” yard waste carts. (Call 311 if you’d like to request one.) If you have excess yard waste during leaf season, the city will provide you with coupons for yard waste bags that can be redeemed at Chevy Chase Hardware, Home Depot, Kroger, Lowe’s, Meijer, and WalMart. Contact 311 for more info. 


How to Recycle Campaign Signs


For most of this year, Lexington yards have been “blooming” with candidates’ campaign signs. And now it’s time for responsible recycling. Yard signs and stakes are not recyclable. Residents should not put them in blue recycling carts, as they can damage recycling equipment.

Lexington’s Division of Environmental Services is collecting unwanted yard signs and stakes for reuse. Campaign sign collection is scheduled for November 9 thru Nov 20, 2022. Signs are reused for craft projects. Metal stakes that are unable to be used may be recycled as scrap metal.

For participating drop-off locations, visit 

How to Recycle Holiday Lights 


String light/small electronics collection is scheduled for November 23, 2022 through January 15 2023. Residents can drop off string lights, rope lights, and electric candles. You can also drop off extension cords, timers, light sensors, power strips, and other small electronics. Electronics can be taken to the Electronics Recycling Center year-round.