Improving Our Environment

Continuous Improvement through our Environmental Management System

Everything we do at DMASWA is focused on the environment. We own and operate an environmentally sound landfill and facilitate well planned, community-driven, sustainable waste reduction and resource conservation alternatives to that landfill. And we do it all because improving the environment is priority one.

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) established its Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2008 as part of a statewide program that encourages responsible environmental management while promoting environmental stewardship and continuous improvement. Iowa's EMS program promotes six areas of emphasis:
 - Orgnaics management
 - Household hazardous waste collection
 - Water quality improvement
 - Greenhouse gas reduction
 - Recycling services
 - Environmental education

The EMS is based on the continual improvement cycle of "plan,do, check and act." Each year the DMASWA sends a report about its EMS to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The report includes information about how its operations affect the environment and details the progress that has been made in improving its environmental performance. For more information on the DMASWA's Environmental Management System, contact the Agency using the form below.

  • Landfill gas (LFG) is created when organic waste in a municipal solid waste landfill decomposes. This gas consists of methane, carbon dioxide, and non-methane organic compounds. Instead of being allowed to escape into the air, LFG at the Dubuque Metro Landfill is flared, which helps to reduce odors and prevents methane from migrating into the atmosphere and contributing to local smog and global climate change.

  • Solar Pump – Portable solar pumps are used at the landfill in the Methane Collection System.

  • Litter Fences prevent debris from leaving the landfill.

  • DMASWA works with area pharmacies to collect medical sharps for safe disposal. To find a location near you, go to our Reuse & Recycling Guide.

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