Curbside Collection

The City of Dubuque's offers curbside collection services to all single-family through six-plex multi-family households within the city limits.The Curbside Collection program includes Refuse Collection, Recyclables Collection, Food Scrap Collection, Large Item Pick-Up, and Yard Waste Collection. 

Reminder: Trash must be set out to the curb or alley line by 6:00 a.m. on the schedule collection day, Monday through Friday, except as changed by Holidays. Containers bust not be out more than 24 hours prior the collection day or left out more than 24 hours after collection day.  
View the Curbside Collection Map to see the daily collection routes.

Paint Disposal

Latex paint can be dried by stirring cat litter, dirt or sand into the can to dry it out. You can also pour it onto a piece of cardboard and let it dry. Once the can is completely dry, leave the lid off and place it in your refuse container or bag.

Gasoline Disposal

Click here to view the proper way to dispose of gasoline.  

Glass Disposal

The City of Dubuque ended its curbside collection of glass on July 2, 2011, because it was no longer a sustainable practice. In terms of Dubuque’s sustainability model, glass collection is a very poor economic investment with costs greatly exceeding benefits and offsets. Recycling glass also has very low net environmental benefits and glass is inert and therefore disposal in a landfill causes no direct pollution. 

If you want to recycle glass, there are still some options available: 

• Redeem glass bottles through Iowa’s Bottle Bill’s five-cent redemption program. About 40 percent of the glass that was curbside-collected in Dubuque qualified for five-cent redemption.

• Drop off glass containers at the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Landfill at 14501 Highway 20 West, where a special container sits just inside the landfill gate. That glass will be used beneficially on site replacing purchased materials. 

• Find ways to reuse the glass containers you buy and look for products that come in a type of packaging that is locally recyclable.

Electronics Recycling

Electronics  can be recycled for a fee by taking them to the DMASWA Landfill at 14501 Highway 20 WestOther vendors and service companies recycle electronics and can be found in the yellow pages or online under the “Recycling and Reuse Guide” at