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- A man from Ashland, Oregon, accidentally threw a shoe box filled with $23,000 into a recycling bin on Thursday.
- He realized his mistake after the bin had been emptied on to a truck heading to a sorting facility in Humboldt County, California.
- Linda Wise, general manager of the Samoa Resource Recovery Center operated by Recology, said all but $320 was recovered at the facility.
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An Oregon man who accidentally threw $23,000 into a recycling bin was reunited with his money after the cash was spotted at a recycling facility in Northern California.
The man from Ashland, Oregon, had realized he put the shoe box full of money into his recycling bin on Thursday, after it had already been emptied on to a truck heading to a sorting facility in Humboldt County, California, according to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
Linda Wise, general manager of the Samoa Resource Recovery Center operated by Recology, told the Press-Democrat that the man, who has not been publicly named, called the company in a panic, saying he had accidentally put the shoe box in the recycling bin.
On Friday, an employee found the box full of money while sorting through recyclables at the facility.
Miraculously, the money stayed in the shoebox during its 200-mile trip south to California, and all but $320 was recovered.
“We take quite a bit of material every day so the odds of finding that are not much better than a needle in a haystack,” Wise told the Press-Democrat.
The man who lost the money was then contacted by the facility, and he made the five-hour drive down to Humboldt to recover the funds on Saturday.
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