The company processes trash from more than a million homes in Washington, Oregon and California.
The manager of one of the company's sorting locations told her crew to be on the lookout for the box, but didn't think it would ever be found.
But she was wrong.
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Friday morning, the box came through the sorting line and was recovered.
The box wasn't empty. It contained the cash, $22,940, that the man had stored in it.
"It only toppled out of the box once it got into the sorting line. We managed to recover all but $230,Brian Sollom, the operations manager for three Recology recycling facilities told the Press Democrat.
Sollom said they don't usually get that lucky when someone contacts them for an item that shouldn't have been tossed in the trash.
The recovery also brought the recycling crew together.
"Everyone who was on the sorting line was beaming this morning. And now this gentleman will get to have a great weekend," Linda Wise, the general manager of the recycling center, told the Press Democrat.
The man drove five hours from his home to claim his cash.