Workers Dig Through Trash to Recover Lost Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are a sacred item that is meant to represent the lifelong bond between two people. What happens when those rings are tossed in the trash?

A New Hampshire man accidentally threw his wife’s wedding rings in the trash. He was luckily able to find them again with some huge help from sanitation workers.

Kevin Butler threw a napkin away at home thinking it was garbage. He didn’t realize that the rings were wrapped up in the napkin to dry after being cleaned. By the time he understood his actions, his trash was already at the local transfer station.

“She looked around for her rings. I said, ‘I’ve got a good feeling they may be in the trash that I just took to the transfer station,'” Butler said.

Credit: Town of Windham

Butler drove back to the transfer station, where he explained the situation to Dennis Senibaldi, Windham’s general services director. Senibaldi identified the area that was most likely to contain the bag from Butler’s home by reviewing the surveillance camera footage at the plant.

That area alone contained 20 tons of trash, which the entire team sifted through until they were able to locate the correct garbage bag. “As we were going through the bag that we knew was his, he actually said, ‘It’s not in here.’ And I said, ‘No, there’s a couple little pieces left,'” Senibaldi said.

He added: “I had my rubber gloves on, I moved a few items out of the way and saw literally the very last napkin and I opened it up.”

Butler said he is more than thankful to have the rings back, even after digging through all that trash. He was grateful to the workers and brought them pizza as a thank you.

“Wouldn’t recommend anyone else do it,” Butler said. “But, you know, to get the rings back, I would do it a thousand times over.”