The City offers unlimited curbside recycling at no charge to city customers. Acceptable materials are set out in bins and/or bundled. The bins and any bundled materials may not weigh over 40 pounds each. No plastic bags accepted. Please recycle them at many local operating retailers.

How can I request a recycling bin or cart?

Yellow recycling bins are provided at no charge if you are a City of Dubuque solid waste customer. To request a bin and/or additional recycling bins, contact the Public Works Department at 563.589.4250 or submit an online request

96-gallon Recycling Carts
Large, wheeled recycling carts are now available for free for any residents who are interested. Submit an online request or call 563.589.4250 for details. PLEASE NOTE: There is currently a low supply of blue recycling carts but residents can be placed on a wait list until more carts arrive.

Acceptable Materials

  • Rigid plastics with a recycling symbol between #1 - 5
  • Paper/cardboard/newspaper
  • Metal

Unacceptable Materials

Below is a short list of common materials mistakenly put in recycling bins.

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic toys or furniture
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass*
  • Electronics**

*Drop-off glass recycling is available at the locations listed here.
**The City offers curbside electronics recycling by appointment.

To search if a material is acceptable or not, use the Waste Search tool.

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