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Construction of Cell 9, Phase 3

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Commercial Preparation for Household Hazardous Wastes disposal

Commercial Arrival Instruction for Household Hazardous Waste disposal

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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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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Local Agencies to Host Hazardous Waste Generator Compliance Workshop

January 31, 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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January 24 2018 Agency Board Meeting Agenda

January 22, 2018

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 4:15 PM, January 24, 2018 Conference Room, Municipal Services Center 925 Kerper Court, Dubuque, IowaAgency Mission Statement In order to control current and future economic and environmental liability, the mission of the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency is to provide environmentally sound, financially stable, fiscally responsible, community recognized, solid waste management services that include appropriate waste reduction,...
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January 11, 2018

New this year, the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) expanded its’ household hazardous wastes (HHW) collection service through the winter season. Historically, this program was suspended from November to March. Since November 1, 2017, over 14,450 pounds of HHWs, such as oil-based paint, motor oil, lawn chemicals and cleaning chemicals, have been collected for proper recycling and disposal.HHW’s pose environmental and health risks if not managed properly. These materials...
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Asbestos Notification Fee Increase To Be Proposed at the Environmental Protection Commission meeting

January 08, 2018

The Department of Natural Resources will propose a fee increase from $100 to $200 for the asbestos NESHAP notification fee at the January 17, 2018, Environmental Protection Commission (Commission) meeting. The proposal is available on the Commission’s website at or by going to, click on About DNR, Boards & Commissions, and then on the Environmental Protection Commission.The asbestos notification fee was set in 2015 with the intent of increasing the number of staff in the...
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October 24, 2017

New this year, the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) will be accepting household hazardous wastes (HHW) such as oil-based paint, motor oil, lawn chemicals, and other chemicals through the winter season. HHW’s pose an environmental and human health risk if not managed properly. These materials should be brought to the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) Regional Collection Center (RCC) for safe disposal and should not be disposed of in trash cans, floor...
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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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