Amazing recovery: New Hampshire man rescues wedding rings from 20 tons of trash

It’s the stuff of nightmares: you complete chores and then realize you might have made a big mistake by throwing something important away.

Kevin Butler of Windham, New Hampshire, experienced this dilemma on November 23 while taking out the trash and dropping it off at a city transfer station.

Hours after he took out the trash, Butler’s wife realized she couldn’t find her wedding rings, which she had cleaned earlier in the day.

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She laid them out to dry on a napkin, which would prove dangerous, the Associated Press reported.

After Butler’s wife searched the house for their wedding rings to no avail, he realized he might know what happened.

Wedding rings pictured left (not the lost rings), plus sacks of trash from a street pictured right.  Butler had a hunch about what happened to his wife's rings — turns out he was right.

Wedding rings pictured left (not the lost rings), plus sacks of trash from a street pictured right. Butler had a hunch about what happened to his wife’s rings — turns out he was right.
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They were in a garbage bag at the transfer station.

As it turned out, Butler’s guess was correct.

He had thrown away the wedding rings when he threw away the napkin.

The people at the transfer station were willing to lend a hand and literally do the dirty work to try and find the rings.

He rushed back to the transfer station and declared his plight.

“He said, ‘I’m pretty sure I threw out the rings,'” Dennis Senibaldi, the transfer station supervisor, said Tuesday, the AP noted.

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The people at the transfer station were willing to lend a hand and – literally – do the dirty work to try to find the rings.

This photo, provided by Dennis Senibaldi, a transfer station manager, shows the wedding rings being recovered from a 20-ton garbage trailer on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Windham, New Hampshire.  A stalk of celery and some luck came together to help a man find his wife's lost rings - they were wrapped in a napkin he accidentally threw away.

This photo, provided by Dennis Senibaldi, a transfer station manager, shows the wedding rings being recovered from a 20-ton garbage trailer on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Windham, New Hampshire. A stalk of celery and some luck came together to help a man find his wife’s lost rings – they were wrapped in a napkin he accidentally threw away.
(Dennis Senibaldi via AP)

After reviewing surveillance footage to determine when Butler arrived at the transfer station and where he placed the trash, Senibaldi helped narrow down where Butler’s garbage bag ended up in the 20-ton garbage trailer.

“I could see a stalk of celery sticking out the side of the bag.”

Using an excavator, Senibaldi noticed a stalk of celery in one of the potential pockets, something Butler reported was in the trash along with the rings.

“One of the things he said was [inside] were sticks of celery, and I could see a stick of celery sticking out the side of the bag,” Senibaldi said, the AP reported.

Celery sticks helped identify the correct garbage bag containing the accidentally discarded wedding rings.

Celery sticks helped identify the correct garbage bag containing the accidentally discarded wedding rings.
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It turned out to be the bag Butler had dropped off at the transfer station hours earlier.

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Initially, Butler was concerned that the rings would not be in it, even though his bag had been identified.

The Butler's wedding rings (not pictured) were found buried at the bottom of a garbage bag.

The Butler’s wedding rings (not pictured) were found buried at the bottom of a garbage bag.
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They began to search the bag, but at first the rings were not visible.

Then, at the very bottom, under some carrot or sweet potato skins, was a napkin.

“I literally opened the napkin — there were the two rings,” Senibaldi said, the AP reported.

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Fox News Digital reached out to Butler and Senibaldi for further comment.

The Associated Press contributed coverage to this article.

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