Public Works

Gary Hicks, Public Works Director

Gary Hicks Supervisor(1)

The Public Works Department is constantly working to expand its services and to offer better options for the citizens it serves. It is the departments desire to define all of its refuse streams and establish policy and procedures to collect and recycle those streams. Your patience and input is critical to the development and direction of the department. Feel Free to call the Department at the numbers listed below or email the director with your comments, questions, concerns, or insight.


Gary Hicks, Public Works Director

Office Direct Line: 423-263-7031

108 Sunrise Lane

Etowah, TN 37331

Meet the crew!

Gary Hicks

Gary Hicks

Jake Brown

Jake Brown

Ricky Standridge

Ricky Standridge

Jonathan Riggs

Jonathan Riggs

Holiday Sanitation Schedule

State Household Hazardous Waste Event


April-September all leaves need to be bagged and placed curbside.

October-March the leaf vacuum will be utilized to collect loose leaves that are free of brush, junk, debris, and/or refuse.

Regardless of the season and collection method the quickest, safest, and cleanest way to have leaves collected is to bag them and place them curbside.

When blowing or raking leaves do not place them in the street. Place the leaves 3-5 feet from the roadway. Blowing leaves into the street can pose problems for motorists, storm water flow, and general safety. When leaves become wet they can cause the roadway to become slick, increasing the risk of accidents. Leaves will also block storm drains, which can cause flooded roadways and accidents.

Leaves need to be placed as far away from obstacles as possible. Placing leaves near cars, utility poles, mailboxes, fences, etc. will prevent leaf collection.

Public Works will make every effort to collect leaves in a timely manner. While we have procedures in place to formulate lists of leaves, calling to report leaves at your residence is always helpful.  

Sanitation Route

The City of Etowah Public Works and Sanitation Department is tasked with Residential and Commercial collection of refuse on a weekly basis.

Residential Collection is as follows:

Monday: 9th Street-16th Street from Louisiana Ave-Tennessee Ave; Includes Circle Drive and the Brookhill Area.

Tuesday: 5th Street - 8th Street from Ohio Avenue - West City Limits; Includes Mountain View Estates, Mountain View Hill, and Amanda's Trail.

Wednesday: Toomey Street, Hill Street, Athens Pike, Williams Street - 4th Street from Tennessee Ave - West City Limits, includes Hillside Manor, Tatum Street, Kimbrough Street at the end of Tatum Street, and Crows Nest Subdivision.

Thursday: Seven Cedars Subdivision, Athens Pile from Highway 30 - Martin Lane, Grady Road, Cardin Street, Kimbrough Street, Gentry Street, Hoffman Avenue, Blair Hill, Etowah Heights to include Kellar Court, Wilkins Court, Lawrence Street from Athens Pike - Highway 30, Harren Place, North Washington, and Hillcrest Circle.

Commercial Collection:

All commercial customers will be collected Monday, Wednesday and Friday, if needed, except for those needing collection each day of the week.

Public Works Convenience Center

This is a service for City of Etowah residents only. The department offers others means of disposal for construction and demolition materials for contractors and landlords. Please see the Mobile Sanitation Trailer Policy for information on disposal of construction and demolition material. The convenience center has an employee available to help with your experience at the center.

Hours of Operation: 

 Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm                                    Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm     

Convenience Center Rules and Regulations:

  • Customers must provide proof of Etowah Residency.
  • All materials will be put into proper containers.  See center employee with questions.
  • No construction, demolition, or remodeling material.
  • No used automobile parts.
  • No combustible materials.
  • No dirt, gravel, or fill material.
  • Leaves, grass clippings, and small brush must be bagged.
  • Customers will not be allowed to take any material from containers or the grounds.
  • Materials inside the facility are considered property of the City of Etowah. 
  • City equipment is to be operated by City of Etowah employees only.
  • Customers are not allowed outside the fenced area of the convenience center without being accompanied by a City of Etowah employee.


Any customer that knowingly breaks the above rules and regulations or the directives given by the center employee can be fined in accordance with the City of Etowah code and charter.

Services Offered:

Electronics: A small bin is located just inside the gate of the convenience center where electronics can be dropped off for collection. Printers, monitors, televisions, computers, and many other electronic devices can be placed in the bin. The items are collected by a local vendor and used as parts for emergency radio's, while other parts are recycled.

Clothing: A small bin is located just inside the entrance to the recycling facility for collection of clothing. The bin is collected and sorted by a local vendor. The clothing will be given to charitable organizations or recycled to make more clothing.

Scrap Metal: A large metal container is located in the northwest corner of the center for the collection of all types of scrap metal. See the center employee for help with placing objects inside the large container.

Used Paint: Latex and Oil based paints are accepted and stored separately. Latex paints are reused and/or dried out for disposal. Oil based paints are stored in a weather proof area until the Hazardous Material Collection in October. Please ensure lids are secured tightly on the cans and the cans are placed upright inside the bin.

Tires: The Public Works Department does not have a curbside tire collection service. Tires can be brought to the convenience center for disposal but tires. Tires brought to the center must be tires only, tires on rims will not be taken.

Refuse: A refuse dumpster is located at the convenience center to collect excess household refuse. The materials to be placed in this dumpster must comply with sanitation codes that governor residential and commercial sanitation collection.

Furniture and Household Items: A 15 yard container is located at the convenience center for collection of furniture and certain household items. Please see attendant with questions about material placement into these containers.

                                                City of Etowah Acceptable Recyclables

Item Description Item Description
Plastic All Plastics except store bags Metal All metals. Aluminum, steel, tin, brass, copper, etc. 
Plastic Store Bags Bag separately Electronics All electronics
Corrugated Cardboard Shipping or moving boxes Do-It-Yourself Motor Oil No more than 5 gallons each day in secure containers
Mixed Paper All types of paper materials (Cereal boxes) Paints Latex only
Tires Must be removed from the rim. No more than two each day    

*Oil based paints, hardeners, solvents, paints, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides will all be collected during the Household Hazardous Waste Event