City of Dubuque News Releases

Winter Collection Schedule for Yard Debris and Food Scraps Begins Next Week

Anderson Sainci, Resource Management Coordinator & Supervisor


DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The City of Dubuque’s weekly collection of yard debris and food scraps on customers’ normal collection day will end on Saturday, Nov. 25.  Beginning next Thursday, Nov. 30, the City will start its winter yard waste and food scraps collection schedule.  

Current food scraps collection subscribers will automatically have their collections made every Thursday and will be charged $1 per month for this winter service.  All other curbside collection customers who would like to have yard debris and/or food scraps collected must schedule an appointment for a Thursday collection by either calling the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request through the City’s website at  Yellow yard waste stickers and/or annual yard waste decals are required for winter collections.  

This winter yard debris and food scrap schedule will run from Thursday, Nov. 30, through Thursday, March 29, 2018. Regular, weekly yard waste and food scraps collection resumes on April 2, 2018.

To receive automatic reminders about curbside collection schedule changes, recycling reminders, and other alerts, customers are encouraged to visit the ReThink Waste Dubuque site at to download the app or register their contact information to:
  • sign up for curbside collection reminders by email, automated telephone call, and
  • text message;
  • download their collection schedule into iCal, Google calendar, or Microsoft Outlook calendar; and 
  • print their collection schedule.
The ReThink Waste Dubuque tool also offers a “Waste Wizard” feature, which allows users to type in any keywords and get disposal and recycling tips specific to Dubuque.  For more information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250.

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