Trash Collection

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.  A limited number of carts are available for residents to begin using now.

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.
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. 
43.5" H x 29.75" W x 35.5" D
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.

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

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.

Setout Instructions

  • Set out to the curb or alley line by 6 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. 
  • Set out no more than 24 hours prior to the collection day.
  • Containers should not be 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. 
  • Proper cart setout instructions

Sign up for setout reminders and holiday collection changes 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.  Learn more and apply through Utility Billing.