Among the mess were bags of rotting food piled high, over 30 dumped oil containers and even a bag of brand new canvas shoes.
Councillors say the dumped refuse - discovered after seven caravans departed on Tuesday night - will cost the taxpayer ‘thousands’ to clean up.
Most of the domestic waste cannot be taken to a household recycling centre but will need to be hauled by lorry to a landfill site.
Josie Potts, Worksop South East councillor, described the scene on the field near High Hoe Road as ‘horrendous’.
The councillor - who has served the area for 14 years - told how she was ‘bombarded’ with phone calls from scared pensioners living in bungalows on nearby Garside Street during the travellers’ six-week stay at the site.
She said: “I’ve had vulnerable, elderly people calling me saying they don’t feel safe - one of them phoned me at 9pm on Monday saying they were racing around in cars.
“My main concern is for the people who live in this ward - they shouldn’t have to put up with what these travellers leave behind.
“People move into bungalows for peace and quiet - it’s normally lovely down here.”
Councillor Potts is calling for Government legislation to be changed - allowing local councils such as Bassetlaw to evict travellers from public land more quickly.
At present authorities have to follow a long-winded process including proving ownership of the land, assessing a camp’s effects on the local area and serving notices and court summonses.
However during the time it takes to see a camp moved on costly damage is often done to public parks.
Josie said: “All the council can do is go to the bailiffs and this is costing the tax-payer thousands of pounds.
“These people can just pull up and bolt-crop their way into public land and no-one can do anything about it.
“Fly tipping is a huge problem right now and to me what’s happened here is fly tipping - the council cares but our hands are tied and this just isn’t fair.”