“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This saying is never more literal than when talking about the sanitation industry. Common finds include loose bills, perfectly good tools, working electronics, and depending on how you define “treasure,” lots and lots of pornography. Below are the some of the strangest finds revealed by garbage men and women around the world.
1. Strange how that works out
Police in the local area had busted a huge cannabis grow house and brought all the equipment for growing to our site, we’re talking about thousands of dollars worth of lighting, timers, ventilation systems, hydroponics, etc. We’re not allowed to take things home from the site. Unrelated bit of information, a friend of mine is growing cannabis now.
2. This really helped out the crew of The Imitation Game
I found an Enigma machine. That’s an encryption device the Nazis used. It was worth like 10,000 dollars.
3. That is quite a lot
An old man threw away a bin’s worth of transsexual porn every week. Every. Week. We made our homophobic truck driver’s life a living hell by planting pictures in all his stuff.
4. Sounds like someone had a very disappointing night
Found an engagement ring and a pack of condoms in a small disposable bag. Always wanted to know the story behind it.
5. That’s certainly a large find
I once found a big black dildo that was around 10 inches long and a good 2 ½ inches wide. We promptly decided to play tag with it and eventually fastened it to the front of the truck.
6. Sounds like the beginning of a great con artist movie
When former football player Ricky Williams briefly retired to become a spiritual guru, he moved into a place that was on my recycling route. I noticed a box he tossed once and grabbed it to see if there was any memorabilia or football items related in it. What was in it was team doctors papers, contracts and just about all the personal information that one would need to actually become Ricky Williams.
I worked a summer job cleaning the beach. Found a severed foot that washed up on shore. Turns out it was from some guy who fell off a boat and got sucked into its propeller.
8. Not sure which is a better find
One time I found a guy passed out in a bathroom with a needle in his arm. Also I used to collect McDonald’s monopoly pieces I found in the trash – almost won a Fiat.