Top 10 weird items found in London rubbish

Published:  11 October, 2016

What have the Pope, a life-sized rubber doll and a nude painting of Albert Einstein got in common?

The answer is that they’ve all been found in rubbish collected in Greater London over the last five years.

Environmental waste clearance company Envirowaste has compiled a list of the 10 weirdest items it has discovered in its waste hauls in London. And among them are the bones of the third ever Pope, that rubber doll, a sealed box full of maggots, Einstein as you’ve never seen him before and a stuffed cat dressed in a baby’s onesie.

The top 10 weird is 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

All of these were found in commercial and domestic hauls and skip hire collections in Greater London.

James Rubin owner of EnviroWaste said: ‘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.

‘Sometimes they 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 family-run business has only been operating for five years, so it makes you wonder what else may be waiting to be collected.

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