Nelson County Solid Waste Disposal Facility

1025 Airport Road, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Phone: (502) 348-1876


Nelson County Solid Waste offers free dead livestock removal county-wide.  Proper disposal of dead livestock is important to both human health and the health of the herd. Kentucky law regulates the proper disposal methods for dead farm animals through KRS 257.160. Disposing of dead animals properly can also help control predator problems. Leaving livestock carcasses in pastures or open pits not only encourages predators to associate livestock with food, but also causes predators to congregate near farms.

Water quality concerns can also be addressed by using approved disposal methods. The Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act requires that all landowners with 10 or more acres must have developed and implemented a plan to prevent water pollution from their agriculture operations.


  • Within 24 hours of an animal death, call us at (502) 348-1876.
  • Provide us with your name, address, directions, type of animal, and phone number that you can be reached at.
  • Animal must be near a road or drive on solid ground and outside of barns.  We will not open gates or drive through pastures.
  • The driver has the right to refuse pickup if the animal has decomposed too much to be picked up with a winch or has been deceased for longer than 48 hours.