The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) is an intergovernmental entity formed in 1973 under Chapter 28E of the Code of Iowa. Formed originally to own and operate a sanitary landfill, the DMASWA has since broadened its mission.
Members include the City of Dubuque, with two Board representatives, and Dubuque County, with one representative. All remaining municipalities in Dubuque and Delaware Counties have signed "Non-Member Service Agreements."
The Agency's municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill (permit #31-SDP-02-75P) is located on Dubuque's west side along U.S. Highway 20. Its service area is Dubuque and Delaware counties.
Specifically, the DMASWA’s mission is to: