Acceptable Compostable Materials:
All food scraps (including meat and bones); coffee filters and tea bags; all food-soiled paper cups and paper plates; and, paper towels, placemats, napkins, and bags.
Plastic bags, straws, utensils, lids, wrapping, and containers. Other: diapers, clothing, shoes, treated/painted wood, dead animals, animal waste/litter, cigarette butts, vacuum cleaner bags, hygiene products, medical and hazardous waste.
Still unclear what can be composted? REThink Waste Dubuque is a free tool that features collection day reminders, collection calendars, and a waste wizard. Just type in the material you'd disposing of and the app will tell you whether it can be recycled or composted or if it needs to be disposed of in your regular garbage.