WHEN Colin Kilburn lost a prized gold ring in the rubbish, he thought it was gone forever.
But he reckoned without the determination of staff at the Sita waste transfer plant in Huddersfield.
They were told about the lost signet ring and sifted through heaps of plastic to find it – much to Colin’s delight.
He said: “The speed with which all of the Sita staff reacted and found the ring was truly impressive – a big thank you to Sita UK.
“The ring is a family item that belonged to my father-in-law and, while not very valuable in money terms, it has loads of sentimental value and couldn’t be replaced.”
Colin, of Sowerby Bridge, lost the ring when he called in at the town’s recycling centre to dispose of a box full of plastic bottles. The ring slipped off his finger unnoticed and became lost in the container full of plastic.
When Colin realised what had happened, he was upset at losing the ring and contacted a member of staff for advice.
Mark Whitting, a chargehand at the recycling facility, quickly got in touch with the transfer station in Vine Street, Huddersfield, where the bottles were sent.
Paul Schofield, an operative at the transfer station, where waste is sorted for recycling, was able to identify and segregate the correct batch of bottles and – amazingly – managed to find the ring.
Colin has been down to both the recycling centre at Sowerby Bridge and the transfer station in Huddersfield to thank all those involved.
Paul said: “This situation happens from time to time and we always try to work quickly as a team to locate the missing item, especially something of sentimental value that is hard to replace.
“I am just glad that we were able to find the ring in time and it wasn’t recycled along with the bottles!”