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23 Garbage Men Describe Crazy Stuff They Found

Updated October 25, 2019 617.6k views23 items

What do garbage men find in the trash? It's an intriguing question. Garbage men have an interesting job. They deal with the remnants of people's lives, after all, and see everything that people throw away. Have you ever wondered what the garbage man finds weird about your trash? Maybe they're secretly judging how many pints of ice cream you consume, or noticing how you sort your recyclables (or not).

Of course, those are pretty typical trash situations. But garbage men also find all sorts of interesting things tossed away, from drugs and drug paraphernalia to dead bodies and everything in between. If you're interested in the details, you can either approach your local garbage man for an interview, or do it the easy way and check the internet. Reddit contains countless stories about what garbage men found and decided to share with readers. Keep scrolling to check out their wildest stories, and be especially cautious the next time you pass a dumpster.

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  • Leaking Blood and a Religious Sacrifice

    Redditor 98FordContour added:

    NYC sanitation worker here. I have seen just about everything you can imagine. Dead animals such as dogs and cats are thrown out like every day trash. We are required to just take them and the police are not notified at all. One time, my partner and I saw huge amounts of blood leaking from multiple trash bags that we had just thrown into the truck. We called our supervisor and he looked at it and just said keep going. It could have been anything. I have also seen plenty of drug paraphernalia being thrown out. Thousands of little plastic bags, scales and plenty of white "powder" all over the place. one single incident sticks with me. Me and my partner were called to a location that was far away from our regular route one day. We met our supervisor at the location. I ask him what's up? He points to a tree we were standing near. He says look up. I look up and see a huge mass hanging in the tree about 20 feet off the ground. I couldn't really make out what it was but it was dark and about 3X3 feet big. Turns out, it was a huge pile of dead rats all tied together in a big mass. The police and fire department showed up about 5 minutes later. The fire department had to use a ladder to get to the branch and cut it down. When it hit the ground with a thud, the smell was so bad that us, the PD and FD all backed up very quickly. Me and my partner had the pleasure of grabbing this thing and tossing it into the truck. There had to be between 50-75 dead rats on this thing. We asked the police what it was all about and they said most likely a form of religious sacrifice. I've been working for the sanitation department for 14 years and that had to be the nastiest thing I have ever seen. I'll never forget the smell. Forgot to mention that it was probably about 90 degrees that day and God knows how long that thing was hanging around.

  • Guns and Antiques

    As stated by steve2058:

    Never found any body parts in 35 years, but guns and antiques and was requested by the ATF to pickup the trash at one home and pull around the corner and let the "Special Agent in Charge" take the trash bags and put them in his black Chrysler 300 undercover car. This happened for several weeks in a row, never did find out what they were looking for.

  • A Choir Book from 1864

    From Redditor mvincent17781:

    I worked at a landfill for one summer and didn't find anything grotesque but did find a choir book from 1864 in a box in the dumpster. Took that for myself.

  • Hospital Bio Hazard Waste

    Shared by Slambusher:

    I ran a large trash hauling company in south Georgia for 3 years. The amount of sketchy things thrown away is innumerable. I can't tell you how many times hospitals threw their bio waste out to save on disposal fees. It got so bad the landfill ended up reporting them. That's just the ones we saw who knows how many weren't caught.

    Wasn't criminal but should have been was the amount of good things WalMart and other retailers threw away. You return something due to scratch etc and it doesn't sell they have to throw it away. Tools, tvs, computers, clothes, toys etc some not even out of the box. All of it in working condition but they had to throw it out to write it off is what I was told.