A BENDIGO man says he is disappointed to see rubbish dumping on a popular piece of bushland.
Ian Logan discovered several loads of dumped furniture this week, in the Golden Square bushland where he walks his dog.
Mr Logan said it was a pity to see the rubbish dumped in such a beautiful area.
Some of the items even appeared to be in relatively good condition, he said.
The bushland is not public parkland, but Mr Logan said he frequently walked through the land, which is not fenced off.
He said others from the area also sometimes walked through the site.
Mr Logan said he first noticed the rubbish while walking his dog on Monday morning, which meant the material would have been dumped on Saturday night or Sunday.
He said it appeared to be at least three or four trailer loads worth of waste.
Given the volume of materials dumped Mr Logan said he believed it would have come from someone local to the Golden Square area or surrounds.
Several couches, two mattresses, at least two armchairs, a suitcase on wheels and miscellaneous furniture had been dumped in three locations throughout the bushland when the Bendigo Advertiser visited the site on Wednesday.
Mr Logan said it was disappointing to see the attitude behind the dumping, especially as he believed it came from someone who was a local to the area.
"It's just a nice quiet spot, it's not a dumping ground," he said.
"It's just disappointing to see. Everyone's supposed to be keeping the place clean, every little bit helps. This is not helping everything."
The Environment Protection Authority estimates illegal disposal of waste costs Victoria about $30 million a year.
It includes deliberate dumping, tipping or burying of waste on public or private land that does not have a license to accept it.
Televisions, e-waste, furniture and mattresses, industrial waste, construction and demolition materials, garden waste, packaging and old cars are among items frequently disposed of illegally in Victoria.
Community members can report instances of illegal waste disposal to the Environment Protection Authority on 1300 372 842 or online at: bit.ly/2Y2scGN.
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