New York sanitation worker collects discarded items from trash worth $160,000 over 30 years on the job


Nelson Molina 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A sanitation worker admits that he opened people’s trash bags and he took out items that he felt were not ready for the landfill.

For 30 years, Nelson Molina helped keep New York City clean.

In the process, he found items that he felt were treasures. Molina said that he would look at the shape or weight of the garbage to decided if it is worth opening.

Molina amassed a large amount of items, including old typewriters, globes, statues, art, guitars, furniture and jewelry.

However, Molina explained that property which is placed outside in the trash belongs to the city and therefore, he cannot legally take them home.

He found a warehouse on the second floor of a sanitation truck depot in East Harlem, where he cleaned and restored the items.

Molina displayed the vast amount of items that he collected over the years. He refers to his display as a museum. Molina said that although the museum is not open to the public, people can come and see the items.

One man’s trash seems to be another man’s treasure. Molina values his collection at $160,000.