PICK-UP NEEDED: Kevin Dever, of Rutherford, says a kerbside council pick-up is needed. Thirty years ago, before Kevin Dever left Beresfield for Rutherford, there was a kerbside, bulky waste pick-up.

“Half of it would get recycled before it was collected,” he said.

“Someone would say ‘that’s a nice lounge,’ and take it.

“I don’t see a problem with that.”

Mr Dever was one of 64 respondents to the Mercury’s campaign calling on Maitland City Council to implement a kerbside pick-up service.

In addition to the coupons, readers have posted numerous comments on the Mercury’s website stimulating robust debate.

The campaign will continue this week.

Mr Dever said it was a convenience back then, but essential now.

“There are a lot of pensioners in this area without a trailer and the vouchers are useless,” he said.

“The tip is too expensive and if they don’t do something about it the illegal dumping is only going to get worse.”

As a resident of Vindin Street, the pensioner is tired of people dumping rubbish in the reserve behind his home and against his neighbour’s fence.

“People been dumping stuff behind there for years and things have only been getting worse,” he said.

“You name it, old mattresses, prunings, even household garbage – food scraps – it’s just getting worse.”

Mr Dever said for any retiree having to rely on family to get rid of rubbish it was an insult to their independence.

“My son-in-law had to help me with the last load and now I’ve got some timber out of the garden to get rid of,” he said.

“He works a seven day roster at the pits and has a family so it might be a fortnight before he has time.

“If you haven’t got independence you’ve got nothing.”

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