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 garbage 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.

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.

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.