Curbside Recycling

Acceptable Materials
Plastics coded #1 - #5, clean metal such as pots, pans, stainless steel, cans, clean aluminum foil, metal lids, copper, brass, and aluminum, yogurt cups, microwave trays (no black), plastic (#2 or #5) flower pots, hard cover books, newspapers, office paper, magazines, paperback books, catalogs, clean pizza boxes, pop and beer boxes, envelopes, junk mail, paper bags, office paper, cardboard, tissue roll cores, shoe boxes, phone books, cereal boxes, paper egg cartons, shredded/cross-cut paper strips, plus many more materials noted on the Recycling Flyer.

To request a bin and/or additional recycling bins, contact the Public Works Department at 563.589.4250 or submit a Service Request.

Recycling bins are provided at no charge if you are a City of Dubuque solid waste customer. Recyclable commodities are collected once per week at curbside and transported to the Dittmer Material Recovery Facility for processing and marketing. Bundled or boxed materials set outside the bin must not exceed three feet in length and bins and bundles cannot weigh more than 40 pounds each.

Unacceptable Materials
Materials that cannot be recycled include: glass*, any plastic without a number inside the recycling symbol, plastics coded #6, or #7, plastic egg cartons, plastic bags and film wrap, toys, waxed paper milk and juice cartons, food-encrusted pizza boxes, styrofoam, diapers, wax or plastic-coated frozen food boxes, dirty paper plates, laundry baskets, storage containers, syringes and needles, orange prescription bottles, unsanitary containers, paint and chemical cans, aerosol cans, oil filters, and batteries.

*If you wish, you can take glass bottles/jars to the designated dumpster at Dittmer Recycling located at 1755 Radford Road.
For more information, contact the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563.589.4250.

*** Sustainable Glass Management Options ***
Click to read the following article on glass management:

"It's Time for Curbside Glass Sustainability!"