Refuse Collection

L to R: 35-gal., 48-gal., 64-gal., 94-gal.

Cart lineup

The City of Dubuque uses a pay-as-you throw program in which customers pay according to how much refuse they set out. Unlimited curbside recycling is available at no charge.

The City of Dubuque is standardizing all carts to provide a streamlined and more efficient garbage collection, while improving the safety of our collection crews. 


ServicePriceSetout Limit
Monthly Basic Service$15.38One 35 gal. bag or can per household (up to 40 lbs.)
35 gal. City-issued cart$15.38112 lbs.
48 gal. City-issued cart$17.22168 lbs.
64 gal. City-issued cart$20.65224 lbs.
94 gal. City-issued cart$29.00335 lbs.
These carts are very popular for use at rental properties. They are often more cost effective and improve the aesthetics and sanitation of the neighborhood. They are lifted and emptied mechanically.
Green single-use sticker$1.50Used for extra bags or smaller items, weighing less than 40 lbs. that do not fit in a cart.  Available in sheets of five at area grocery, discount, and hardware stores, and at Utility Billing in City Hall at 50 W. 13th Street.

For further information or a subscription, call the Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250. 

Non complying containers and set outs will be tagged by crews and left uncollected.

Setting Out Trash and Recycling

Trash must be set out to the curb or alley line by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. Containers must not be set out more than 24 hours prior to the collection day or left out more than 24 hours after the collection day. Containers at group/common setout point share with neighbors must be marked with address and apartment numbers. Sign up for setout reminders with REThink Waste DBQ.

Refuse Credit

A customer may be eligible for refuse credit if their property is vacant for a minimum of 2 months. A refuse credit form must be completed and submitted prior to or at the onset of the vacancy and must be completed annually.


Some customers who meet income guidelines may qualify for 50% monthly fee discounts. This includes family customers of five or more persons as well as persons over 65 years of age. Apply through Utility Billing