Curbside Collection

REThink Waste DBQ

Announcing REThink Waste Dubuque

Never miss your collection day again!

REThink Waste Dubuque is a free tool offered by the City of Dubuque for residents to receive curbside collection reminders, a waste wizard for tips on what can and cannot be recycled, and other pertinent information. 
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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 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.  

Would you like collection day reminders?  Download the REThink Waste Dubuque app today!  
View the Curbside Collection Map to see the daily collection routes.

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 Iowa’s Bottle Bill’s five-cent redemption program. About 40 percent of the glass that was curbside-collected 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.

Electronics Recycling

Electronics  can be recycled for a fee by taking them to the DMASWA Landfill at 14501 Highway 20 WestOther vendors and service companies recycle electronics and can be found in the yellow pages or online under the “Recycling and Reuse Guide” at