Story at a glance

  • A family cleaning up their grandmother’s house in Ohio accidentally tossed an envelope with $25,000 in the trash.
  • Garbage crews helped track down the truck that picked up the family’s trash and managed to retrieve the cash.
  • “Makes us feel good here. Made myself feel good. I was like, ‘yeah, that’s awesome.’ What a great story. And we’re just glad to help,” Gary Capan, operations supervisor for waste collection agency Republic Services, said.

An Ohio family is breathing a sigh of relief after recovering $25,000 that was accidentally thrown in the trash. 

News 5 Cleveland reports a family in Lorain County last week was cleaning up their grandmother’s house when they made what could’ve been a very costly mistake. 

“They were cleaning out their house for their grandmother and they cleaned out the refrigerator, threw out all the garbage, grabbed all the freezer stuff and put it in a bag, and then the grandma was like, ‘Hey, there’s an envelope with $25,000 in there, don’t lose that,’” Gary Capan, operations supervisor for waste collection agency Republic Services, told the news outlet. 

But it was too late. The envelope filled with cash had already been tossed out, and the trash picked up by a garbage truck en route to a landfill where the cash would be lost forever. 

Capan said he received a frantic call from a customer Wednesday notifying him $25,000 had been discarded by mistake. 

“One team was trying to track down the driver and find out exactly what his location was and if he made it to the landfill yet,” Capan said. 


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“If it got dropped there, there’s no finding it anymore,” he said. 

It turns out the family was in luck. The driver had yet to make it to the landfill, and Capan and his team had the driver drop the trash at a recycling center where crews could rummage through the haul. 

“I told the girls, if it’s in there, we’ll find it for you, because they were pretty upset,” Dan Schoewe, operations manager at the recycling center, told News 5 Cleveland. 

Ten workers managed to sift through the waste and spotted a bag with the envelope inside just after 10 minutes of searching. 

“Makes us feel good here. Made myself feel good,” Capan said. “What a great story. And we’re just glad to help.”


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Published on Aug 06, 2021