Curbside Collection

REThink Waste DBQ

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 (trash) 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. Click here to view the holiday collection schedule. Containers must not be out more than 24 hours prior the collection day or left out more than 24 hours after collection day.  

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View the Curbside Collection Map to see the daily collection routes.

Electronics Recycling

The City of Dubuque has expanded its "large item collection program" to offer residential customers the option to schedule curbside collection of a wide variety of electronics items.

The base fee for curbside collection of all types of electronics, including one device with an electronic screen (laptops, monitors, TVs, etc.), will be $20. Electronics include all types of computer monitors and televisions    (both cathode ray tubes/CRTs and LED/plasma TVs). Other electronics such as VCRs, DVD/Blu-Ray players, audio equipment, computer towers and associated equipment, fax machines, printers, scanners, and associated cables are included in the $20 base fee with one device with an electronic screen. Additional devices with an electronic screen added to a collection will add $15 to the cost of that collection.

Residents are still welcome to bring electronics to the  
DMASWA Landfill at 14501 Highway 20 West for a charge of $15 per screen. Other non-screen electronics and accessories may be dropped off at no charge

For more information on large item/electronics collection or to schedule a collection, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250.

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.

Household Hazardous Materials

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency offers safe disposal of household hazardous materials through its Regional Collection Center(RCC) for Dubuque and Delaware county residents. The RCC is open from April through October. Latex paint, spray paints, strippers, thinners, antifreeze, and cleaners should be used up or stored safely until the RCC opens again. Visit or contact the DMASWA Education Coordinator Bev Wagner at 563-588-7933. For more information about the RCC call  563-557-8220.

Gasoline Disposal

Never dispose of gasoline by pouring it onto the ground or into a sewer, street drain, stream or other water body, or putting it into the trash. These actions are environmentally harmful and may result in a fire, explosion, or soil, surface or groundwater contamination. Fines and criminal penalties may be associated with improper disposal.

Excess gasoline in good condition can be added to the fuel tank of a gasoline-powered car or truck. See manufacturer's recommendations. (Don't dispose of gasoline/oil mixtures for two-stroke cycle engines this way.) There are organizations that will help dispose of gasoline in an environmentally responsible way.  You should start by contacting the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency for instructions on disposing of old 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 the Iowa Bottle Bill’s five-cent redemption program. About 40 percent of the glass that was collected curbside in Dubuque qualified for five-cent redemption.
  • Find ways to reuse the glass containers you buy and look for products that come in a type of packaging that is locally recyclable.