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'Treasures in the Trash' Film Screening & Party

  • El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 215 East 99th Street New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

Join us for a screening and Q&A with the filmmaker and the film star Nelson Molina to support the DSNY Foundation's work to build a museum. Tickets are FREE but limited, be sure to REGISTER TODAY!

For 34 years, New York Sanitation worker, Nelson Molina collected items in the trash on his route in East Harlem. Over 45,000 items, all catalogued and organized on the second floor of the M11 garage. Nelson retired from the job in 2015, but comes to the garage routinely to check in on his "museum."

Join us for a screening of this new short film, followed by a Q&A with Nelson. Learn more about the DSNY Foundation's work to build a permanent museum. ***T-shirts by Only NY will be available for sale in support of the Foundation.***

The collection is not open to the public since it is in an active garage, but our hope is to get a proper space with the help of this film. Please visit to donate!

"Treasures in the Trash"

A film by Nicolas Heller

Starring Nelson Molina

Directed by Nicolas Heller

Cinematography by Joe Bressler

Produced by Charlie Eisenbach

Edited by Lucas Lobe

Music Supervision by Falside

Sound Mix by Bobb Barito

Color by Joe Bressler

Titles by Greg Matesich

Illustrations by Cleofus

Special thanks to

Foundation for New York’s Strongest

DSNY Chief Mellis

Julie Raskin

Maggie Lee

Michael Marrero

Ricardo Dash

Anthony Winstead

Nelson Molina Jr.

Zorick Johnson



& Hi-ARTS for their very generous donation of space

Earlier Event: September 22
DSNY Night with the New York Yankees
Later Event: September 27
[CONFERENCE] Stop Food Waste NYC