The City of Gatlinburg has scheduled Sparkle Days for April 4-8, 2016 and April 11-15, 2016. The 35-year-old program has been very successful in spurring Gatlinburg residents to clean up their property and homes in time for spring.
During Sparkle Days, Gatlinburg’s Street Department will pick up, free of charge, items not normally included in garbage collection. Public Works Director Larry Henderson says, “Scrap metal, old appliances, brush and even junked vehicles will be accepted for disposal.”
City residents can place items next to a City street then call the Street Department for pickup. Some restrictions do apply. Crews will not pick up debris from remodeling or demolition projects, tires or old paint. This type of debris must be disposed of by other means.
The first week of Sparkle Days, April 4-8, is set aside for collection of commercial debris. Residential collection takes place April 11-15. For more information or to schedule a pick-up time call the Street Department at (865) 430-1370.
The Gatlinburg Recreation Department is encouraging neighborhood residents to join together to form large litter pick-up groups. Pick-up groups clean up litter along the roadsides and green spaces throughout the City. Interested parties can obtain a supply of large garbage bags through the department, whose staff will happily retrieve them from City roadsides for disposal. For more information on participating in a litter pick-up group, call the Community Center at (865) 436-4990.