Household Recycling

DMASWA provides drop-off recycling containers at ten locations around Dubuque County to allow residents access to household recycling at no charge.

Container Locations

View a list of drop-off recycling container locations across the area.

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Acceptable / Unacceptable Materials

Informational Flyer

Acceptable Materials

Paper Products

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Corrugated cardboard (staples ok)
  • Gray chipboard (Cereal, Cracker, and shoe boxes)
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Paper bags
  • Mixed office paper
  • Phone books
  • Paperback Books
  • Hardcover books
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper towel and tissue roll cores
  • Shredded paper strips

Plastic Containers

  • 1 through 5 only
  • Bleach and detergent containers
  • Cooking oil containers
  • Dish and liquid soap bottles
  • Household cleaning containers
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Lotion bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Pop and water bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Yogurt cups


  • Aluminum
  • Metal jar lids
  • Tin, steel, and aluminum cans

Unacceptable Materials


  • Cereal box liners
  • Disposable diapers
  • Greeting cards and gift wrap
  • Milk and juice paperboard cartons
  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
  • Photographs
  • Slick coated frozen food boxes


  • Paint and aerosol containers
  • Pesticide and chemical containers
  • Syringes
  • Car parts and oil filters
  • Batteries


  • Medical supplies and sharps
  • Oil and antifreeze containers
  • Plastic bags and film wrap
  • Plastic with a 6 symbol
  • Plastic without a recycling symbol
  • Prescription pill bottles
  • Styrofoam


  • Computers and electronics
  • Televisions and appliances
  • Tires


Paper Products

  • Must be clean and dry
  • Flatten to conserve space


  • Rinse out cans
  • If possible, flatten cans with metal lids inside
  • Be sure all metal is clean


  • Remove and discard all caps, lids, rings, and pumps
  • Flatten containers to conserve space
  • No plastic bags - recycle plastic bags at participating stores

Contact Us

For additional information, call the Agency Administrator at 563-589-4250 or the Solid Waste Education Office at 563-588-7933.