L to R: 96-gal., 64-gal., 48-gal., 35-gal.


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

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

City-issued tipper carts are complimentary for customers. 

Four monthly subscription options are available to best fit the needs of the customer.

Use this helpful "Rightsize Your Cart" graphic for assistance.

Subscription OptionMonthly FeeSetout LimitCart Dimensions
35 gal. cart (provided by the City) - also known as Basic Service$15.38112 lbs.38.25" H x 19.75" W x 23.75" D
48 gal. cart (provided by the City)$17.22168 lbs.37.5" H x 23.5" W x 28.75" D
64 gal. cart (provided by the City)$20.65224 lbs.41.75" H x 24.25" W x 31.5" D
96 gal. cart (provided by the City)$29.00335 lbs. 43.5" H x 29.75" W x 35.5" D

Single-Use Sticker for Excess Trash

Used for extra bags or smaller items, weighing less than 40 lbs. that do not fit in a cart.  Available in sheets of five ($7.50) 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.

  1. FAQs

Do I need to buy the cart? 

No. The cart is free. The monthly curbside collection fee for each cart size are listed in the chart above.

Will my monthly utility bill go up?

If you currently subscribe to basic service (one 35-gallon can or bag) the 35-gallon cart is the same price. If you need to increase your capacity to a larger cart, three more cart sizes are available.  Pricing is available in the chart above.

How will I get my cart? 

A limited number of carts will be distributed this fall but the majority will be delivered in spring 2023. Call 563-589-4250 to request to be placed on a cart waiting list. Otherwise, carts will be delivered to customers who do not yet have a cart. Watch for further communication from the City for a more detailed timeline. 

What are the dimensions of the carts? 

The dimensions of each cart is listed in the table on the table above.

What should I do with my old garbage can? 

Residents are encouraged to repurpose their old garbage cans whenever possible. Possible uses include storage for yard and garden equipment, compost, rainwater collection, storage for pet supplies, sports equipment, or firewood. Crews will dispose of your can at no charge if you set it out on your normal collection day mark it “TAKE.”

Can I keep my yellow recycling bin(s)?

Yes. Only trash carts are being standardized. If you wish to increase your recycling capacity, you can call 563-589-4250 to receive a 96-gallon recycling cart at no charge.

Do I need to use a garbage bag inside the cart? 

Liners are not required in the cart, but throwing loose trash into the carts is highly discouraged.  Loose trash can blow around and leads to litter.  All trash placed in the cart must be bagged and the bag must be tied.

  1. Proper Setout Instructions
  1. Rightsize Your Cart

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.  Learn more and apply through Utility Billing.