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Ten of the most weird & wonderful items found in waste hauls

Environmental waste clearance company, Envirowaste, has compiled a list of the twenty most weird and wonderful items it has discovered in its waste hauls in London since launching in 2011.

Finds include the bones of Apostle St Clement (the third ever Pope, and the successor to St Peter), a sealed box full of maggots, a nude painting of Albert Einstein and a dead, stuffed cat… dressed in a baby’s onesie.

The top 10 weird and wonderful finds is as follows:

  1. A stuffed cat dressed in a baby’s onesie
  2. The bones of Apostle St Clement
  3. A nude painting of Albert Einstein
  4. A sealed box full of maggots
  5. A life sized rubber doll (still inflated)
  6. A fully working Apple Macbook
  7. A vacuum sealed £5 note with Prince Charles’ signature
  8. A Super Soaker full of urine
  9. A prosthetic leg
  10. A laminated love letter

EnviroWaste employees have been keeping a record of the weird items they find in their hauls as a quirky internal exercise. All of the above were found in commercial and domestic hauls and skip hire collections in the greater London area.

With some items that could have sentimental or high monetary value, measures were taken to return the item back to its owner, for example the Apple Macbook was given back to its owner after it was stolen and then later dumped in an EnviroWaste skip.

James Rubin owner of EnviroWaste commented:

“I think it’s safe to say that waste disposal is not a glamorous job, however it can certainly be an interesting one! We started keeping a tally of these items quite early on because it helps keep morale high and provides the team with sometimes a much needed laugh!

“The majority of these items were found in domestic clearances where a person has passed away and EnviroWaste was hired to dispose of the contents of their house in an environmentally friendly way. London as we all know is a very vibrant and diverse place with lots of quirks, so it’s not surprising that we come across some really unusual and wonderful items.

“Often these unusual items can pose a problem on how to dispose of them in an environmentally safe way. For instance, the stuffed dead cat ended up going to a collector – minus the onesie – and the nude Einstein painting went home with one of our employees!”

The full list of twenty items can be found by visiting: http://www.envirowaste.co.uk/feeds/news/20-weirdest-finds-in-londons-rubbish.aspx

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