- Landfill staff miraculously found the valuables after a three-hour search
- Hall County staff have described the recovery as a needle in a haystack find
- Crew ingeniously used logs at the site to pinpoint the whereabouts of the items
- If they had been slower to react, the items would have been lost forever
A team of five landfill workers have miraculously found three rings and a bracelet worth $100,000 which were accidentally thrown into the garbage in Georgia.
Hall County staff found a black bag containing the jewelry buried within nearly 10 tons of trash.
Staff have described the recovery of the items – which took three hours – as a needle in a haystack situation.
Landfill workers say the discovery of the valuables within mountains of garbage at the Georgia tip (above) was little short of miraculous
Staff at the tip were told the jewelry was in a black bag – which did not make their job any easier because there are thousands of such bags at the tip (above)
One of the items that was lost was a diamond bracelet which may have been similar to this item (file picture)
An aerial view of the dump in Hall County, Georgia, gives some idea of the magnitude of the task faced by landfill workers as they searched for the missing valuables
It is estimated that about 300 tons of garbage arrive daily at the Georgia tip
They swung into action after a woman called to say she had accidentally thrown away the valuables.
The only clue Hall County Solid Waste Director Johnnie Vickers had was that the goods were in a ‘black bag’.
That was tough to find in a space where 300 tons of trash arrive daily, ajc.com reported.
‘Timing is everything in this game to recover something,’ Vickers said.
His crew checked logs to see when the load likely came in and narrowed it from 300 tons to an area of nine tons of trash.
Had the call come in a few minutes later, the woman’s valuable rings and bracelet likely would have been gone forever, he said.
‘We try to treat it just like if we had lost it,’ Vickers said.
Vickers said he and his crew went the extra mile to make sure the woman’s treasure was not consigned to the trash heap forever.
Three hours later the employees picked up one last bag and it had the jewelry inside.
The owner of the items was reported to be ‘besides herself with joy’ to get them back.