Dubuque's “Merry Mulch” Christmas Tree Collection and Composting Program returns this season. The program, which provides solid waste collection customers a convenient, curbside, Christmas tree collection service, also recycles natural trees into compost.
Yard waste bags, bundles and containers, as well as food scrap GreenCarts will also be collected on regular collection days for two weeks beginning on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, and ending Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Residents should set out their trees (maximum of eight feet high) and other compostables next to their refuse on their normal collection day.
Crews appreciate very large trees cut in half, with no pieces over five feet in length.
The tree must have either one City Brush Tie or one yellow City Yard Waste Sticker attached and visible from the street or alley. Please remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, wire, nails, stands or plastic bags.
Yard waste bags and containers with attached yellow City Yard Waste Stickers will also be collected. City Brush Ties cost $1.30 each and yellow City Yard Waste Stickers cost $6.50 for a sheet of five. Both are sold at most grocery, discount and hardware stores throughout Dubuque, as well as at City Hall. Annual 2022 decals are also acceptable on containers.
Wreaths and garland contain too much wire to compost. Flocked trees are not compostable. Consider reusing/repurposing these items before disposing of them with your regular garbage. You must attach a green City Garbage Sticker on each of these items, along with every additional bundle, item, bag, or can in excess of your household’s first refuse container and any additional subscribed containers.
As a reminder for post-holiday trash collection, please do not place foil-lined envelopes, greeting cards, gift wrap, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, foam peanuts, plastic bags, or glass in recycling bins - those items are not recyclable. Consider reusing/repurposing these items before disposing of them with your regular garbage.