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The City strongly encourages all citizens and businesses to recycle. Recycling saves landfill space by minimizing waste material disposal, reduces disposal costs at the landfill, and is a sustainable, environmentally friendly practice that will not only benefit current citizens but future generations as well.

As of July 2018, about 35% of residential households participate in the recycling program. The City of Lexington's goal is to raise that number to 40% recycling participation by 2020. 

Caught Green Handed Features (Lexington businesses recognized for recycling efforts): Blue Phoenix Cafe, The Red Hen, Office of Drinking WaterBlue Sky Cafe and Southern Inn.

Schedule & Collection

Recycling is collected Monday through Friday, including all holidays except Christmas Day. The Lexington Public Works Department collects recycling using a rear load packer truck. The truck is well marked with signs and decals to distinguish it from the solid waste load packer truck. Cardboard is collected separately. 

In residential neighborhoods, recycling is collected on the same day as household solid waste. A collection schedule and map are available to identify residential collection days.

All recyclables, including glass, are collected each day Monday through Friday at businesses located in the Central Business District, businesses located outside the district, schools, and residences in the downtown area.

On scheduled collection days, recycling should be placed out along with solid waste.  In residential neighborhoods, please place at the curb or edge of the pavement.  Businesses and downtown residents should place recyclables in the same pickup location as their solid waste. Cardboard should be broken down and placed next to recycle container as it is picked up separately

When placing recyclables out for collection, please make a reasonable effort to keep sidewalks clear for safe pedestrian passage and to avoid creating obstructions in the street that might interfere with safe vehicular travel.

Recycling Receptacles

Containers should not exceed 32-gallon size and should be clearly identified for recycling by symbol, stenciled or stick-on letters, or decals. Recycling containers must be visible from the road.

Recycling Receptacle Availability

The Public Works Department distributed 750 32-gallon recycling carts and glass-only totes during the month of October 2017 on a first-come-first-served basis. At this time, all recycling carts and glass-only totes have been distributed.  You may purchase a 32-gallon regular trash can and mark it recycling for recycling pickup. The provided 32-gallon cart will be meant for commingled recyclables, and the tote will be meant for glass recyclables. 

Recycled Materials

Acceptable recycled materials include:

  • Glass: All types of glass bottles and jars (clear and colored) are accepted. All glass must be placed in a separate bin. Broken bottles and jars are okay. Discard lids, caps, and corks and lightly rinse the container. Do not place trash or non-glass recyclables in the glass container.
  • Plastics #1 and #2 ONLY:

  #1 - Soda bottles, water bottles, sports drinks, salad dressings, peanut butter and jelly jars and many common food packages.

  #2 - Bleach and detergents, juice bottles, butter tubs, shampoo, household cleaner bottles and milk containers.

  • Cardboard: Cardboard should be broken down, flattened and placed near your recycling container, not inside.
  • Metal cans including aluminum, steel, bimetal, and tin cans.
  • Aerosol cans can be recycled, but please be sure they are empty.
  • White Metal goods such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, and hot water heaters are recyclable. 
  • Electronics such as televisions, computers & peripherals, microwaves, phones, VCRs, and DVD players are recyclable.
  • Cell phones, smartphones and tablets can be dropped off at Public Works for disposal.

Unacceptable recycled materials: plastic bags of any type; paper, magazines, books, plastics labeled #3 through #7, shredded paper, soiled pizza boxes, books, aluminum foil, styrofoam materials such as cups, plates, and packing materials; and hard plastics not marked.

Other recyclables such as waste oil, antifreeze, and batteries are not collected by the city.  However, most Advanced Auto Parts stores and the Rockbridge Farmers’ Cooperative do accept these materials.


If you have questions concerning the recycling collection program, please contact the Public Works Department at 463-3154.  Thanks for your cooperation and participation in the Lexington Recycling Program!

More Information

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental Protection Agency