NEW YORK -- Department of Sanitation workers helped a New York woman find the wedding and engagement rings she accidentally threw away with the trash, according to WPIX.
Last weekend, Shannon Lombardo was cleaning her wedding and engagement rings when she put them on a paper towel.
The next day, she realized she accidentally trashed the rings with a pile of tissues. At this point, the garbage bag had already been thrown down the trash chute.
Lombardo called the sanitation department and explained what happened. The department was able to pinpoint where the trash was taken -- a transfer station in New Jersey.
Sanitation workers identified which truck likely had the ring. With the help of four sanitation employees, Lombardo started searching the 800 bags of trash.
The group had only been searching for an hour when Gabriel Moreno, a supervisor, opened a napkin and found the rings.
"The wife was ecstatic and the husband ... he couldn't believe we actually found it," Moreno said.
Lombardo and her husband, Jim, will celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary in May. They said the rings hold special meaning.
"It had nothing to do with the money, it had to do with the sentimental value," Jim Lombardo told WPIX.AlertMe