A New York City woman who accidentally ditched her wedding band, engagement ring and one other ring was able to get the priceless pieces of jewelry back with the help of city sanitation workers.
The Sanitation Department said that workers sifted through more than 200 bags of garbage at a New Jersey transfer station this week to help the woman find the lost rings.
According to the Daily News, which first reported the ring rescue, the woman put the rings in a paper towel while preparing duck meatloaf at her Tribeca apartment on Thanksgiving and accidentally tossed the paper towel in the trash.
The rings were picked up by sanitation workers on Friday, along with about 13 tons of garbage. But the News reports that the rings hadn't been dumped by the time the woman called about the rings.
The woman and three family members went to the station on Monday and they worked with sanitation crews to sift through the garbage for about 2 hours.
Then, sanitation workers said, the woman let out a cry of joy after she found the rings in one of the bags.
Sanitation workers said they'd also helped people retrieve jewelry, money and luggage in other similar incidents.