Workers dig through 20 tons of garbage to find missing gold

By Viet Quoc   March 21, 2023 | 07:43 pm PT
Workers dig through 20 tons of garbage to find missing gold
24 grams worth of golden rings and jewelries found at the Phu Quy waste treatment plant in Phu Quy, Binh Thuan, March 20, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Yen
Workers at a waste treatment plant in Binh Thuan Province dug through 20 tons of trash to salvage 24 grams of gold that had been mistakenly thrown away with garbage.

Le Dinh Yen, deputy director of the Phu Quy waste treatment factory in the central province, said on Tuesday rings and other jewelry that were retrieved have been returned to a woman living in Phu Quy Island.

He said the woman, who asked not to be identified, came to the plant on Monday and said her daughter mistakenly threw away a bag containing the jewelry and some documents the afternoon before.

She only discovered it after returning home in the evening, but the garbage had been taken away by then.

Yen put five workers on the job, but by then trash from all over the island had arrived at the site, and amounted to around 20 tons.

He called a halt to the waste processing and also had garbage trucks searched.

The bag was eventually found after a 10-hour search.

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