Shirley Grayson from the Castle Bytham, had accidentally thrown her purse into her recycling bin and thought she had no hope of ever finding it again.
But Attila Botos, a night shift worker at Mid UK Recycling in Barkston near Grantham, spotted the purse on the company’s picking line among thousands of tonnes of recycling rubbish and pulled it to safety. After examining the contents, Mid UK Recycling were able to contact Mrs Grayson and let her know they had found her belongings. Although the purse was too badly damaged to survive, all of its contents were safely returned to its relieved owner.
Mrs Grayson said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard that my purse had been found. Once I realised I had put it in my recycling bin I contacted South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) but I knew there was little hope of finding it.”
Mrs Grayson visited the Mid UK Recycling site to collect her belongings, along with her aunt, Joan Bond.
“I am so grateful to Attila for being vigilant enough to spot the purse and honest enough to let her employers know she had found it,” said Mrs Grayson. “I feel incredibly lucky.”
Mid UK team leader Katarcyna Kruk said: “Finding something like this among the thousands of tonnes of waste we recycle every day is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I am just pleased we were able to give Mrs Grayson a happy ending to her story.”