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Waste collectors scramble to dig through trash after family mistakenly throws out $25,000

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A family in Lorain County, Ohio, pulled together Aug. 4 to help a matriarch in the family thoroughly clean her home.

When they got to the refrigerator, they bagged up everything in the freezer and threw it in the trash.

Grandma called a halt to the process when she saw they’d gotten to the freezer — but her words of caution were too late.

Gary Capan, operations supervisor for Republic Services, recalled the frantic call the agency got from the family once they realized their blunder.

“They were cleaning out their house for their grandmother, and they cleaned out the refrigerator,” he told WEWS-TV, “threw out all the garbage, grabbed all the freezer stuff, put it in a bag, and then the grandma was like, ‘Hey, there’s an envelope with $25,000 in there, don’t lose that,’ and she’s like, ‘Grandma, I already lost that. I’m like, it’s in the garbage!’”

And indeed, the grandmother’s cash was on its way to anonymity in the Oberlin landfill. Once the garbage truck reached the landfill and dropped off its unsavory cargo, it would be too late.

“What happens when they get to the landfill is, they will come in, they’ll

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