The New Yorker Profiles The Greatest Dumpster Diver of All Time, DSNY's Nelson Molina

Department of Sanitation worker Nelson Molina has found some amazing items in the New York City trash.

Due to department regulations however, any items that are thrown away are not allowed to be taken home, so Molina has setup an unofficial “Trash Museum” on the second floor of an East Harlem sanitation garage. The museum is not officially open to the public, but people have been given permission to come and see the items at times. If anybody claims an item from the “museum”, Molina gives it back.

Some of the more notable items featured in this video from The New Yorker are vintage projectors, music boxes, oil paintings and even a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

Over the past thirty-four years, Nelson Molina has collected thousands of objects from New York’s trash.

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