Bromley resident recovers £6,000 in shoebox she accidentally threw away

PUBLISHED: 12:40 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:41 17 February 2014

They say one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure, but it’s never been more true than for one Bromley resident who accidentally threw away a shoebox containing £6,000 last week.

Luckily, the resident - who does not wish to be named - realised her mistake on Sunday evening and rushed to the Waldo Road Reuse and Recycling Centre, in Bromley, where the box was found buried amongst masses of cardboard.

Arriving with a friend, the woman was spotted by site supervisor Mark Vallins at the gates as he opened for the day. Staff joined the hunt for the cash-filled shoebox, and it took four hours to find the hidden treasure.

She said: “I had almost given up looking for the money after four hours searching through cardboard, but the staff at the site, especially Steve Morris, were incredibly helpful, and we persevered.

“I told Steve that it was a matt black box, not shiny as I’d thought, and he immediately said ‘like this one?’. He pointed at the box and I knew it was the one.

“I couldn’t believe it when the money was still in there. I was so grateful to the staff, I never thought I’d see that money again.”

Veolia, who run the site, say they have found other unusual items at the site, including wedding rings, car and house keys, and even the deeds to a house.

Cllr Colin Smith, executive for environment, said: “Bromley’s paper and card recycling service is something we’ve long been proud of, all the more so now, given that this particular ‘paper’ was recovered in time and this story had a happy ending.

“A great job very well done by Veolia’s Mr Vallins and Mr Morris.”

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