Composting food scraps and yard waste reduces methane production and conserves natural resources.

Service Options for Composting

Backyard Composting

The best management option is backyard composting and Iowa State University has great resources to get you started and answer any questions you may have. For more information, visit the Iowa State University website.

DMASWA Compost Facility

The DMASWA Compost Facility is located at the Dubuque Metro Landfill at 101 Airborne Road near the industrial park. Compost is available by appointment only. The current fee is $17.50 per cubic yard ($35 minimum charge, 2 cubic yards). 

Finished, Screened, Certified Compost Available

Using finished, screened and certified compost has many benefits. Compost enriches the soil, nourishes vegetation, and contributes to a more sustainable ecosystem, and much more.

Residents looking for small quantities of compost (less than 1 Yard) can utilize self-load bunkers. There is no fee for residents self-loading small quantities from these bunkers.Compost Self Load Bunker

Bunker Locations

View a list of self-load bunkers locations across the area

Compost is certified by the United States Composting Council.

Schedule a Pick-Up Appointment

Landscaping companies and other customers looking for larger quantities of finished compost (more than 1 cubic yard) can schedule an appointment to have their compost loaded by Agency staff. Agency-loaded compost is available for $17.50 per cubic yard (2-yard minimum charge). Appointments can be scheduled via our reservations website.