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Posted on: March 6, 2023

Dubuque Residents Encouraged to ‘Right-Size’ Trash Collection Service

In preparation for the implementation of citywide tipper cart trash collection, the City of Dubuque is encouraging all solid waste collection customers who don’t currently have a City-issued cart to consider what size cart they need.

No action is needed by residents who wish to continue with the “basic” 35-gallon service but those who would like a larger cart should “right-size” their service now.  

Citywide deployment of the 35-gallon carts is expected to begin in April and be completed by the fall. The City will begin delivering 35-gallon tipper carts in April to all customers who do not currently have a city-issued tipper cart.  Customers who wish to have a cart larger than the standard 35-gallon cart are encouraged to choose the appropriate size for their needs now so they do not receive a 35-gallon cart when those deliveries begin.  Other cart options are: 48-gallon, 64-gallon, and 96-gallon. 

To “right-size” their trash cart, customers should visit to complete a short form that includes details for each cart size. Residents without internet access can also call 563-589-4250 to request a larger cart. 

Those who request a cart larger than 35 gallons will receive it after July 1 when supplies become available and they can continue to use their current trash can until the new cart is delivered. 

The City is switching to tipper carts to improve efficiency in curbside collections and enhance the safety for staff.  Customers will not be charged for the carts beyond their monthly collection fee.  Additional details on the distribution schedule and plan will be shared before deliveries begin in April.