Yard Waste Collection


The City of Dubuque curbside collection customers can included food scarp and acceptable compostables in their yard waste cans and bags. Materials must be placed in a brown paper yard waste bags that display yellow single-use yard waste sticker, 35-gallon rigid containers with either a yellow single-use yard waste stickers looped on the handles or the City's annual yard waste decal displayed, or in subscribed City yard waste carts. Brush and limbs may also be bundled (5' or less in length and 18" or less in diameter) with City of Dubuque brush ties that have a yellow single-use stickers attached.Yard debris stickers can be purchased at several area locations. Click here to find locations.

Regular, full-route yard waste collection

April 4 through November 26 on your trash collection day.

Winter season yard waste collection

December through March on Thursdays (by appointment). Customers must call (563) 589-4250 or submit an online service request no later than 3 p.m. the previous day (Wednesday). Sticker or decal still required.

Merry Mulch Program Collection

Merry Mulch Program Collection is offered the first two full weeks of January. Christmas trees (maximum of eight feet high), yard waste bags, bundles and containers, as well as GreenCarts with food scraps will be picked up on regular collection days for two weeks. The tree must have either one City Brush Tie or one yellow Yard Waste Sticker attached and visible from the street or alley.

Yard Waste Containers

Generic paper yard waste bags, single use yellow yard waste stickers for bags and cans, and brush ties are available in most grocery, hardware, and discount stores throughout the city. Single-use yard waste stickers cost $1.30 each and are sold on sheets of five for $6.50. Click here to find locations.

Brush ties cost $1.30 each. Annual yard waste decals cost $35 each and are only available from the City's Utility Billing Services Counter at City Hall, by mail-in request form, or by phone at 563.589.4144.

The cost of each annual yard waste decal is as follows:

$35 - January 1 - June 30
$17.50 - July 1 - August 31
$8.75 - September 1 - December 31

Leaf Rake-Out Appointments

Leaf rake-out collections by appointment are offered in October and November. These collections must be scheduled in advance by calling (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request at the link below. Appointments must be made before raking into a gutter area. Acceptable items in the leaf rake-out include loose leaves, pine needles, and pine cones. Grass, brush, plants, and rocks are not accepted.

Leaf piles should be placed in the street at the curb no sooner than the day before the scheduled appointment. Crews cannot enter private property or alleys to collect a leaf rake-out. Vehicles must not be parked on the street within 10 feet of the leaf pile. Utilities such as fire hydrants, utility boxes, or storm sewer catch basins should not be covered. A $20 minimum charge is added to a caller’s utility bill for a 40 bag equivalent rake-out pickup. 
Click here to schedule an appointment for a leaf rake-out.