Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency


Mission Statement

In order to control current and future economic and environmental liability, the mission of the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency is to provide environmentally sound, financially stable, fiscally responsible, community recognized, solid waste management services that include appropriate waste reduction, resource conservation, and disposal activities.

Recent News

  • The Food Chain Summit: February 14th, 2015 - 9:00am-3:00pm

    Exploring the Intersection of Food & Conservation in Dubuque at The Grand River Center

    Dubuque’s conservation & local foods communities are teaming up this Valentine’s Day to host the first Food Chain Summit, bringing together area families and businesses with local farmers, food system organizers, and conservation educators to explore opportunities at the intersection of food and conservation in Dubuque. Featuring 30+ local exhibitors, 5 breakout sessions and keynote lecture by Fred Meyer of Backyard Abundance, this event will provide timely information and resources to families, schools, and businesses looking to achieve health and sustainability goals in 2015.

  • Disposable Bag Reduction

    According to the EPA, between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year.. These bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but they remain in our landfills, oceans, parks and beaches for thousands of years. Both plastic and paper disposable bags are costly, environmentally damaging, and completely unnecessary.

  • Do You Need More Room For New Electronics?

    Do you have old electronics, holiday lights, vacuum cleaners and small appliances that you no longer use? Electronics are defined as anything containing a circuit board and/or cathode ray tube (CRT or “picture tube”).  These items can be recycled through the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency’s Electronics Recycling collection located at 14501 Highway 20 West. Electronics can be dropped off anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No appointment is needed.

  • Do You Need More Room In Your Garage? Help Yourself and Help Your Community!
    Do you have an old bicycle, lawn mower or snow blower you no longer use? If so the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) can help you find a good use for them. The DMASWA partnered with the Dubuque Rescue Mission, Northeast Iowa Community College and local high schools to refurbish and recycle old bicycles, snow blowers, and lawn mowers. These items may be dropped off, at no charge, at the DMASWA Landfill between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • County Board of Supervisors Encourages Community Pride

    The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors is encouraging local individuals, businesses, and groups to “Adopt a Roadway.” The Dubuque County Adopt a Roadway program gives the adopting individuals or groups’ opportunities to improve the appearance of our roadsides throughout the county.

  • Center on Sustainable Communities Launches 'Home Matters' Resource

    Responding to continued requests from homeowners for a more customized method for making improvements to their homes, COSC has launched their new online resource, 'Home Matters'.

  • Emerald Ash Borer Information
    Learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer

  • Area Pharmacies Offer Medical Sharps Drop Off Program to Dubuque and Delaware County Residents

    The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) is partnering with several area pharmacies to provide an easy disposal option for medical sharps used by residents of Dubuque and Delaware counties.

  • TakeAway – Iowa’s Medication Disposal Program

    TakeAway™ is a statewide prescription drug disposal program that allows consumers to safely dispose of unused or expired medications through the convenience of drop-off boxes at their community pharmacies.

  • Recycled Shingles Used To Pave Roads
    The lower price now charged by the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) Landfill for clean loads of asphalt roofing shingles is proving successful.

  • Propane Tank Recycling
    Camping Season is Here - What to do with my empty propane tanks?
Agency Facilities:
Phone 563-557-8220

Regional Collection Center for Household Hazardous Materials
Phone 563-589-1720

Education Office
Phone 563-588-7933

Phone 563-589-4250



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