Beginning on Monday, June 1, Lexington will resume weekly yard waste collections. This was originally suspended on March 23 due to the dangers of COVID-19. With the city being cautiously optimistic, it feels collection can resume safely.

“We’re taking a big step forward,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “It’s exciting to have our normal yard waste service back. Summer is here, and we need to be able to dispose of yard waste properly.”

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Unlike recycling and trash carts, yard waste collections are done by crew members who have to touch the carts in order to put items in the truck. Mayor Gorton says that process made it difficult to continue yard waste pick-up and keep the employees safe.

“We have implemented several practices to allow for weekly cleaning of all trucks, inside and outside,” said Nancy Albright, Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works. “We have a steady supply of the types of PPE needed for employees, allowing us to resume regular service.”

To help keep these frontline workers safe from possible exposure, Mayor Gorton asks that everyone who places their yard waste cart on the curb, to please wipe down the handle and lid.

“The Division of Waste Management appreciates everyone’s patience as we navigate these new working conditions and follow all safety measures to keep our employees protected,” said Waste Management Director Tracey Thurman. “As spring progresses, the men and women of our division are looking forward to providing full-service, including yard waste collections.”

For more information, contact LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.



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