Bulldozer on a landfill site

Weird junk at the dump

Cash, bombs, blueprints…is this a gangster movie or just the dump?

People tend to avoid landfills, and with good reason–they’re not exactly fun places to hang out! However, there are some mysterious or dangerous secrets hidden in landfills…

Mattresses stuffed with cash

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Even in this day and age, people still hide money in their mattresses. Sometimes, that money is forgotten and the mattress is thrown out. We’ve had this happen at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? before (and trust us, the customer is often just as surprised as we are!)–of course, if we discover any forgotten money we immediately return it to its rightful owner.



In Flagler County, Florida, someone found a live smoke bomb from the Vietnam War next to a dud grenade from World War II. We’ve seen it ourselves, too–one of our crews picked up the above grenade during a junk removal appointment. Don’t worry–it was deactivated.

Rare video games


When Atari was going under in the 80s, the company decided to dump 14 truckloads of their video game library at the Alamogordo, NM landfill. They even poured concrete over the games to disguise them and it was only recently that a crew of filmmakers discovered them.

Secret blueprints


Back in 2008, a homeless man was digging through the trash when he found confidential blueprints for the Freedom Tower in New York City. How do confidential blueprints end up in the trash?


Old abandoned car

It costs money to get rid of your car at a scrapyard, so it may not come as a surprise that some people ditch their cars at the dump. Still, there must be easier ways to get rid of that old jalopy!


junkcat- freon

There are numerous stories from around the world of kittens found at the dump. These furballs haven’t necessarily been dumped either, as many street cats choose to have their litters at the dump. After all, it’s a good hunting ground for rats and mice.

One of the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? crews found an abandoned kitten in a fridge they picked up (above)! A team member adopted him and called him Freon.



Not long ago, workers in Washington state found around half a gram of weapons-grade plutonium in a safe at the dump. The plutonium dated all the way back to 1946! Where’s Doc Brown from Back to the Future when you need him?

Have you ever been to a dump and found something strange?

Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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