Trash/Recycling Updates & Alerts
Plastic bags are NOT allowed in curbside recycling
Plastic bags are NOT allowed in curbside recycling

Can I Recycle Plastic Bags in the Recycling Bin?

The City of Dubuque reminds customers that plastic bags/wraps/films are NOT acceptable items to be placed in your recycling bin and/or cart.  As an alternative, many grocery stores and retailers in our community now offer plastic bag recycling.  For a complete list of acceptable items to place in recycling bins, trash, and food/yard waste, use the "Waste Wizard" in the REThink Waste DBQ app (more information below.)

Never Miss Your Waste Again!

The City offers a free tool, “ReThink Waste Dubuque,” to make it easier for City curbside collection customers to remember to set out trash, recycling, and organics and to stay informed on collection schedule changes and what can and cannot be recycled.

To access the ReThink Waste Dubuque tool, visit Links to download the app are provided on the page and available on the  App Store and Google Play. For additional information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250.

ReThink Waste DBQ
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