Binned engagement ring found after search of ‘hundreds of bags’ by recycling centre workers

Two recycling centre workers came to the rescue of a woman who had binned her engagement ring by trawling though “hundreds of bags” of rubbish to find it.

Jo Carter, from Caldicot in Monmouthshire, realised she had thrown out the £3000 ring by mistake in amongst 15 other black bags she had taken to the tip.

Jo only realised her diamond ring was missing after the refuse lorry had done its regular collection.

Husband Craig then ventured down to Five Lanes Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Sunday October 13th where he was quickly assisted by staff members Rhys and Darren.


In the evening it dawned on me. I said to my husband: ‘Oh my God, it’s in the candle, I’ve binned the candle’.

By the time I realised, the tip had shut. My husband called last night and they said they couldn’t promise but to show up in the morning.

In all honesty I didn’t think they’d find it, I spent most of the evening crying.

I don’t normally wear it – it’s too big.

I’ve lost 10 stone since I had it and haven’t worn it for a long time. It was at my mother’s for years, but she gave it back to me a few months ago.



It has huge sentimental value and is also very expensive and not insured.

This morning my husband Craig went to the tip and two amazing human beings trawled through hundreds of bags to find it.

Their kindness and good hearts have had me in tears. Thank them from the bottom of my heart. What a community we live in. Thank you to Rhys and Darren.



I am exceptionally proud of our staff at our Five Lanes Household Waste and Recycling Centre for helping bring a happy ending to this story.

This is an excellent example of our staff going above and beyond to help our community. Well done!



The couple were able to thank the two Monmouthshire County council workers – Rhys and Darren – by buying them a box of beer each, a £25 food voucher and a £5 scratchcard.

Jo now plans on storing the ring more carefully. She said: “I’m going to give it back to my mum – she’s more sensible.”

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