PILES of rubbish were finally removed from Throsby Creek on Tuesday afternoon, but not by authorities with responsibility for the inner-city waterway.
Port Waratah Coal Services sent a dozen volunteers to the mangrove boardwalk area at Carrington.
The clean-up effort, prompted by a Newcastle Herald report on Saturday about pollution in Throsby Creek, was part of Business Clean Up Australia Day.
Port Waratah’s general manager of operations Shaun Shears was one of the employees to get his hands dirty at the rubbish-filled site, which is close to the company’s Carrington terminal.
‘‘It was fairly spontaneous,’’ Mr Shears said about the clean-up.
‘‘We pride ourselves on having a clean and safe site.
‘‘We read about the situation [in Throsby Creek] in the paper and thought, we can do something about this.’’
Mr Shears said there was a lot of small rubbish in among the mangroves.
The Herald reported on Saturday that the site had become an inner-city dump filled with bottles, plastic wrappers, building materials and other assorted waste.
The site is on land managed by NSW Roads and Maritime Services, but the government agency said it ‘‘does not provide clean-up services’’.
Volunteers are expected to return to the site for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.