A clothes dryer, gas bottle, furniture and toys were among the items dumped near Tenambit BMX Track this week.
Maitland City Council cleaned up the garbage on Tuesday after officers became aware of the incident, which has spurred council to renew calls for people to report all cases of illegal dumping to the Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squad.
The rubbish, which was enough to fill a small trailer, had been dumped strategically between mounds of wood chips and was not visible from the nearest street – Metford Road.
A Tenambit man who regularly walks his dog in the park noticed the garbage had been dumped there earlier this week.
Council’s development and environment manager David Simm said illegal dumping had not previously been reported at the site near the BMX track.
“The illegally dumped material near the Maitland BMX Track in Tenambit has been removed by council,” he said.
“Hunter Councils manages a Regional Illegal Dumping squad and Maitland City Council is a participant in this program.”
There have been several cases of illegal dumping across the Maitland area in the past 12 months.
Maitland council received a $20,000 state government grant last August to fight illegal dumping.
Residents can report dumping to the RID squad on 13 15 55.
Lend a hand to help clean up Australia
Clean Up Australia Day is fast approaching and Maitland residents have been called on to register for the event on Sunday, March 6.
“Gather your friends, family and neighbours; community and sports groups together and choose a local site that is important to you,” chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia Ian Kiernan said.
“You can even add to the fun and have a barbecue and don the latest Clean Up t-shirts and caps available on the website.”
To register a site or to become a volunteer visit cleanupaustraliaday.org.au online.
In 2015 more than 535,000 volunteers removed an estimated 14,000 tonnes of rubbish from 6890 sites across Australia.
For those who don’t want to get their hands dirty, this year Clean Up Australia Day has a donation option.
Called YOU, the donation program allows residents to choose the rubbish item that annoys them most and allocate their money towards development of a program that focuses on that item.
To become a YOU donor text CLEAN to 0437 371 371 or follow the prompts on the website.