Yard Waste Drop Off

Lexington residents may drop off yard waste in biodegradable bags or bring in containers and dumped at the facility. Containers must be removed after dumping.

Approved yard waste for dropoff includes:

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Dead flowers or plants
  • Wood chips
  • Hedge clippings
  • Pine needles
  • Brush 4 inches or less in diameter - these should be left at the brush pile

Invasive Plants

Please do not include invasive plants such as Asiatic Bittersweet and Burning Bush in your yard waste.

Bag them with your trash, or use another disposal method.

Find out more about invasives and how to identify them.


There are 3 large bins for cardboard recycling, which can take oversized, flattened cardboard.

Items Containing Mercury

Residents can drop off the following mercury-containing products at the Universal Waste Shed:

  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Button cell batteries
  • Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries
  • Switches containing mercury
  • Manometers

Scrap Metal

A variety of scrap metal items will be accepted in the recycling area, including:

  • Antennas
  • Bed Frames
  • Bikes
  • Charcoal Grills 
  • Curtain Rods
  • Fans
  • Gas Grills (Propane Tank Must Be Removed)
  • Gutters
  • Ladders
  • Pipes
  • Pots and Pans
  • Railings
  • Screen Doors
  • Shelves
  • Signs
  • Sinks
  • Swing Sets
  • Toasters
  • Wheelbarrows

Large appliances listed in the trash guidelines must be scheduled for curbside collection and will not be accepted at the drop-off area.

Car Batteries

Car batteries can be left beside the Universal Waste Shed.

Propane Tanks

Propane tanks can be left beside the Universal Waste Shed.


There is a bin where you can recycle clothes, shoes, linens and other textiles. See the full list of items you can recycle on the Bay State Textiles website. Note this is a for-profit organization which pays the town by the ton for this material.


Bicycles in any condition can be left at the Bike container. Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit, takes these bicycles.

Books, CDs, DVDs & Video Games

There is a bin for donations. More Than Words, a local nonprofit, collects these.

Retirement of U.S. Flags

Place your worn-out flag in this flag retirement box so that it can be respectfully disposed of.

Other Services

For Contractors

For Lexington Businesses

If you have any questions please call 781-274-8300, ext. 1.