March 28, 2016

Saving the trash

NY Post - While New Yorkers were taking out the trash, Nelson Molina spent the last 30 years taking it in — and now three decades worth of discarded belongings, sorted by category, sit on display in an East Harlem warehouse.

One wall is lined with dozens of Furbies — talking robotic toys destined for the trash since the moment they were released in 1998 — in every color of the rainbow. Elsewhere, a table serves as home for typewriters traded out for modern computers. Hundreds of paintings, photographs and posters mounted in frames line the wall.

The collection began in 1981, when Molina, now 62, began working in the Department of Sanitation. Since employees are forbidden from taking their curb findings home, he used a couple of interesting trinkets to decorate his corner of the locker room.

Other colleagues began to contribute to the grocollection; and even trash collectors from other boroughs began delivering their most interesting finds.

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