Hall County landfill crews came to the rescue recently, recovering roughly $100,000 in jewelry that had been accidentally discarded by a resident.
County Solid Waste Director Johnnie Vickers said a friend of the jewelry's owner contacted the landfill when the mistake was realized, according to a news release from the county.
"We did what we always do in cases like this," Vickers stated. "We tracked down when the trash came in, the color of the bag, what other contents the bag might carry, and we started looking."
Staff members joined the search, according to Vickers, going as far as dumping bags of trash on an individual basis until the jewelry was found.
"I can't tell you how grateful I am to have these recovered," the owner, who asked to remain anonymous, told the county. "These landfill employees, who have thankless jobs, went above and beyond in this case, and I can't thank them enough."
Vickers said the effort was just a part of what crews at the landfill do.
"It seems like every Christmas, someone accidentally throws away a child's gifts or we are sent looking for a precious keepsake during another time of year that somehow ended up in the trash," Vickers said. "We are happy to help."