Leaf disposal

Fall is here and you may wonder what to do with a yard full of leaves. You have options:  

1. Keep them! It’s free fertilizer:

  • Mow leaves back into your lawn. It is great for your soil and often easier than raking. Mow regularly, especially if the leaves are wet. You might need to make a couple of passes to break leaves down into dime-sized pieces. You do not need a special mower to mulch your leaves.
  • Compost them. Leaves are great for backyard composting.

2. Bring the leaves to us. Fayette County residents can take pickup-truck loads of brush/yard waste through December 2023 free of charge to the Haley Pike Waste Management facility. A pickup load is considered a regular full-size 8-foot bed. A double-axle 16-foot trailer counts as two loads. The cost of each additional load is $28 a ton. Proof of residency is required. The facility is located at 4216 Hedger Lane and is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The facility is closed to the public on Wednesdays.

  • Yard waste taken to Haley Pike does not need to be bagged. Loads transported in open-bed trucks should be tarped.
  • If you do bag material, use paper yard waste bags. The material in plastic bags will not be accepted.

Never dispose of leaves or other yard waste by putting it in the street. It can clog storm drains, leading to flooding issues. It also overwhelms local creeks with nutrients, causing water quality issues. You can be a super resident by adopting your local storm drain, helping to keep it clear of debris and reporting problems to LexCall.

Source:  https://www.lexingtonky.gov/leaf-collection