Public Works Department Offers Leaf Disposal Options
Oct. 13, 2022
The City of Dubuque is reminding residents of their options for leaf and yard debris disposal this fall. The City encourages mulching, mowing, and backyard composting as economical and beneficial leaf disposal options, but offers several other options.
Leaf Rake-Out Collections
The Public Works Department offers scheduled leaf rake-out collections. Collection appointments must be scheduled in advance by submitting a request at www.cityofdubuque.org/yardwaste or calling 563-589-4250. Rake-out collections will be offered through approximately Wednesday, Nov. 23, weather depending. Appointments must be made before raking into a collection area. Acceptable items in the leaf rake-out include loose leaves, pine needles, and pinecones. Grass, brush, plants, and rocks are not accepted.
Rake-out collection 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 customer’s utility bill for a 40-bag equivalent rake-out pickup.
Regular Yard Waste Collection
As part of the City’s yard waste collection service, leaves and other yard waste may be placed in:
- paper yard waste bags that display a single-use City of Dubuque yard waste sticker;
- a rigid solid waste container with either a single-use yard waste sticker looped on the handle or a City of Dubuque 2022 annual yard waste decal; or
- in City-issued yard debris tipper carts.
Bags, containers, and bundles may not exceed 35 gallons in capacity or 40 pounds in weight. Plastic bags containing yard waste will not be collected. Paper yard waste bags, single-use yard waste stickers, and brush ties are available in most grocery, hardware, and discount stores throughout the city. Single-use yard waste stickers are available at area retailers on sheets of five for $6.50. Brush ties cost $1.30 each. For more information, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/yardwaste.
Residents are reminded that burning leaves and raking or blowing your leaves into the street are prohibited and subject to fines.
For more information, please contact the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250 or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/publicworks.
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