One man's trash is another man's treasure. Throughout the course of human history, that alone has proven true, and in an uncertain world, it's good to know that people are still digging through dumpsters. 

A New York City sanitation worker has collected over $160,000 worth of so-called trash after 30 years of work. 

Nelson Molina keeps his collection, which he calls 'Treasures in the Trash' on the second floor of a sanitation truck depot in East Harlem. 

Over his career, Molina has restored, cleaned, and organized thousands of items that were once tossed away. 

Though the sanitation department does not allow workers to take home any items they find, they allow workers to keep those objects within the work place, hence the incredible collection above the sanitation truck depot. 

Between typewriters, oriental statues, skis, stand glass windows, photo albums and picture frames, guitars, and furbies (lots of furbies), Molina's collection is beautifully displayed with the fastidious organization of a museum. 

Though Molina is now retired, he visits his collection twice a week. 

Unfortunately, the Daily Mail reports that the collection will be forced to move in the next four to five years. 


The Metropolitan Hospital, who owns the warehouse, wants to take it back for other uses. If that occurs, the future of the collection could be in jeopardy. 

Hopefully the sanitation department will recognize the significance of this collection, and find a new place to house it (hopefully available to the public) in the near future. 

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[via Daily Mail] [Feature Image Courtesy Daily Mail]