Winter Collection Schedule for Yard Debris and Food Scraps Begins Thursday

The City of Dubuque started its winter yard waste and food scraps collection schedule Thursday, November 29. The City’s weekly collection of yard debris and food scraps on customers’ normal collection day ended Saturday, November 24.

The winter yard debris and food scrap schedule will run on Thursdays only starting on Nov. 29 until regular, weekly yard waste and food scraps collection resumes on April 1, 2019.

Current food scraps collection subscribers will automatically have their collections made every Thursday and will be charged $1 per month for this winter service. All other curbside collection customers who would like to have yard debris and/or food scraps collected must schedule an appointment for a Thursday collection by either calling the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request through the City’s website at Yellow yard waste stickers and/or annual yard waste decals are required for winter collections.

To receive automatic reminders about curbside collection schedule changes, recycling reminders, and other alerts, customers are encouraged to visit the ReThink Waste Dubuque site at to download the app or register their contact information.

The ReThink Waste Dubuque tool also offers a “Waste Wizard” feature, which allows users to type in any keywords and get disposal and recycling tips specific to Dubuque. For more information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250.

Also keep in mind that almost 25% more trash is generated between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than during any other six-week period of the year. That is an extra 5 million tons of waste generated nationwide. Here are a few reminders from the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA).

  • Reduce the amount of wrapping paper that you use by using colored comics or old maps. These can be recycled, but wrapping paper should be placed in the trash.
  • Use washable table service for your holiday gatherings.
  • Recycle old holiday lights and other electronics at the DMASWA Electronics Recycling Drop off located at the Landfill.
  • Compost your real holiday tree by placing in the yard waste collection or bring it to the DMASWA compost area.
  • Recycle as much of the packaging from gifts as possible. DMASWA Recycling Drop off Stations are located at several locations around Dubuque County.

This year, give the earth a gift too by conserving our natural resources.

For more information, visit or contact the DMASWA Education Office at (563) 588-7933.

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