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Curbside Recycling
The goal of the curbside recycling activity is to provide for the efficient collection and recycling of materials separated from the solid waste stream in accordance with environmental, health, and aesthetic standards. Single and multi-family households and small businesses voluntarily participate in separating recyclables from normal refuse.

Acceptable Materials

Dubuque residents can now recycle even more materials. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency and City of Dubuque have entered into a new agreement with Dittmer Recycling.

The new contract means Dubuque residents can now recycle plastics coded #1 - #5, as well as clean metal such as pots, pans, stainless steel, copper, brass, and aluminum. Common plastic materials that can now be recycled include yogurt cups, microwave trays (no black), and plastic (#2 or #5) flower pots. You can also recycle hard cover books.

Shredded paper strips are acceptable.

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

Recycling bins are provided at no charge. 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 through the program include: glass*, any plastic without a number inside the recycling symbol, plastics coded #6, plastics coded #7, plastic egg cartons, plastic bags and film wrap, toys, laundry and storage containers, syringes and needles, orange prescription bottles, unsanitary containers, paint and chemical cans, aerosols cans, oil filters, and batteries.

Crosscut shreds are not acceptable.

*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 ***
View the 30 minute City Journal interview on Sustainable Glass Management Options.

Click to read the following articles on glass management:

"It's Time for Curbside Glass Sustainability!"
Sustainable Glass Management in 2011

Electronics Recycling
We no longer take electronics in our curbside collection.
If you're looking for a place to recycle your electronics, click on the following links to Best Buy and Staples

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