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Loras College Reduction Effort at Loras College

Construction of Cell 9, Phase 3

Residential Preparation for Household Hazardous Wastes Disposal

Commercial Preparation for Household Hazardous Wastes disposal


April 02, 2018

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) such as oil-based paint, motor oil, lawn chemicals, and other chemicals, should not be disposed of in trash cans, floor drains, or storm sewers. These items should be brought to the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) Regional Collection Center (RCC) for safe disposal. This service is FREE to Dubuque and Delaware county households. Beginning April 2nd, materials can be dropped off anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday....
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The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a partner to process and market the landfill gas collected by the agency.

March 30, 2018

The goal of the project is to produce a renewable natural gas product which may be used as a transportation fuel and to maximize the physical and environmental attributes that this gas provides.  Interested developers are invited to submit a proposal in the format outlined in the RFP.  The RFP and system performance data can be found at: or by contacting DMASWA Administrator John Foster at 563-589-4250 or Responses to the RFP are due May...
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Hazardous Waste Workshop a Success

March 19, 2018

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA), in partnership with City of Dubuque’s Economic Development and East Central Intergovernmental Association, sponsored a Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop at the Hotel Julien on March 7th, 2018.  The event was attended by over 60 individuals representing 52 organizations across eastern Iowa.  This event was held as part of the DMASWA’s Environmental Management Systems’ objective to increase awareness and understanding of hazardous waste...
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Food Waste Reduction Effort at Loras College

March 12, 2018

Sophomore Jacob Jansen has taken on a new role in the Loras Student Union as the Sustainability Chair.Jacob gained an interest in food waste reduction in high school saying, “It really peaked in high school. I saw first hand the food waste that we were generating.”Jacob wanted to continue his efforts at conservation upon coming to Loras. “We’ve been investigating it and seeing what’s going on in the Loras cafeteria and from there we’re just trying to reduce our waste.”Each year the...
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City Employee Elected to Serve as Officer of Regional Hazardous Waste Organization

March 09, 2018

Ken Miller, Landfill Scale House Operator, with the City of Dubuque has been elected as the Vice-President for the Hartland Chapter of the North America Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) at its annual meeting that was held February 26 at Omaha, Nebraska. The one-year term begins immediately.NAHMMA is an organization whose members are directly involved in the management of hazardous waste from residential, commercial and industrial sources. Members include public and private...
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FY2017 Financial Audit Report

March 02, 2018

FY2017 Financial Audit Report
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Inaugural Nuisance Abatement Conference Coming in May

February 15, 2018

​We’re excited to announce a new training opportunity that promises to provide important education to a wide range of city officials and those that work with cities. The Nuisance Abatement Conference, to be held May 16 at the Gateway Conference Center in Ames, will offer a full day of training on nuisance property issues and how cities can improve abatement efforts.All cities are forced to deal with nuisance properties at some point, ranging from minor yard violations to serious derelict and...
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Local Agencies to Host Hazardous Waste Generator Compliance Workshop

February 12, 2018

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA), an intergovernmental entity charged with managing solid waste materials, will host a Hazardous Waste Generator Compliance workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, March 7, at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque. This informational event is open to all area businesses that generate and manage hazardous wastes at any time including industrial, commercial, and construction businesses.  The registration fee is $20.00 and lunch will be...
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What Are Your Appliances Costing You?

February 02, 2018

Did you ever wonder how much electricity a specific appliance in your home uses? And what about your video games, dehumidifier, portable electric heaters or other electronic devices? Did you know that an old refrigerator could be costing you as much as $175 a year? With a Kill A Watt Meter, you can learn not only how much electricity each of your household appliances uses, but how much electricity each appliance continues to use even when turned off (phantom loads).Now, through the combined...
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October 11, 2017

The Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (ISOSWO) presented its 2017 Innovative Project Award to the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference and Trade Show in Coralville.  DMASWA Facility Supervisor, Doug Hughes, and project consultant SCS’s Christine Collier received the award on the Agency’s behalf.The DMASWA was recognized for its Landfill Fire Risk Management Plan & Prevention Program. The project...
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