Curbside Collection

The City of Dubuque's Curbside Collection program includes Refuse Collection, Recyclables Collection, Food Scrap Collection, Large Item Pick-Up, and Yard Waste Collection. 

Additional information regarding these programs can be found on each individual program page, or by clicking here to view the current flyer.  
Reminder: Please set materials out by 6:00 a.m. for collection.
View the Curbside Collection Map to see the daily collection routes.
2016 Holiday Collection Schedule

During holiday weeks, your regular trash, recycling, yard waste and bulk collection day may change. Trash collection may occur even though City Hall is closed.
Below are the only days that will be changed due to the holidays. 
MLK Jr. Day - Monday, January 18th
Collection instead on Saturday, January 16th

Memorial Day - Monday, May 30th
Collection instead on Saturday, May 28th

Independence Day - Monday, July 4th
Collection instead on Saturday, July 2nd

Labor Day - Monday, September 5th
Collection instead on Saturday, September 3rd

Thanksgiving Day- Thursday, November 24th
Collection instead on Saturday, November 26th
In 2016, The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency landfill will be closed on May 30th, July 4th, Sept. 5th and Nov. 24th.
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.

Oil-based paint can be taken to the Regional Collection Center (RCC) located at the DMASWA Landfill on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM from April through October.

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

Glass Disposal
Dubuque residents have four options for glass food and beverage container disposal:
redeem your Iowa five-cent beverage containers at local retailers; take glass containers to Dittmer Recycling at 1755 Radford Rd. for recycling; take glass containers to the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) Landfill at 14501 Highway 20 West; or place glass in your residential refuse container. Glass is an inert, non-toxic material and can be landfilled without harm to the environment.

The Dubuque City Council voted to drop glass from the City’s curbside recycling program in April 2011 after a policy change by the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA). This policy change resulted from a DMASWA-commissioned study that found that curbside glass collection for recycling in the DMASWA planning area was unsustainable.

Click here for options for glass disposal/recycling.

Electronics Recycling
As of July 1, 2011, Dubuque’s solid waste collection customers are no longer allowed to dispose of electronic items in their trash. All unwanted electronics must be recycled through the DMASWA's electronics recycling program or through options offered by many area electronics retailers.

Electronics are defined as anything with a circuit board and/or cathode ray tube (CRT or “picture tube.”) Examples include: computer monitors and CPUs, cell phones, televisions, printers, DVD players, and VCRs.

The DMASWA program's recycling fees are:

$ 10.00 each- laptop computers, monitors and televisions 
No Charge
All other electronics and accessories

Many retailers and service companies recycle electronics and can be found in the yellow pages or online under "Recycling and Reuse Guide" at

For more information, contact the DMASWA Administrator at 589-4250 or visit