Christmas was nearly rubbish

Danny Kent thanks Paul Young from Veolia Environmental Services for recovering the presents

Danny Kent thanks Paul Young from Veolia Environmental Services for recovering the presents

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A boyfriend was a merry relieved man when his Christmas presents were saved after he accidentally threw them out with his recycling.

Danny Kent was within a reindeer’s whisker of losing the presents he had bought and wrapped for his partner before eagle-eyed workers recovered his Santa sack among tonnes of rubbish.

Mr Kent, of Old Church Road in Hastings, took a black bin bag containing wrapped presents along with bags of other waste he was getting rid of to the Veolia household waste recycling site off Bexhill Road on Friday afternoon.

When he got home he realised his yuletide error and went back to the site to try to find it.

However by the time he arrived back at the site, the container had been removed and taken to the nearby waste transfer station to be sorted.

Luckily, Mr Kent persuaded two Veolia employees to help him sift through five tonnes of rubbish to find the gifts worth hundreds of pounds.

Gary Chandler and Paul Young, from Veolia Environmental Services South Downs, had heard about what had happened and carefully looked for the bin liner.

Sack of gifts

The next day, when transferring the waste at the waste transfer station, they found the sack of gifts.

Mr Young said: “We often get people throw away items by mistake and it’s nearly impossible to find them in amongst all the material we process.

“I can’t begin to imagine the desperation Mr Kent and his family must have felt when he realised. I’m thrilled that Gary and I worked together and managed to save his Christmas by finding the presents.”

Mr Kent said: “I cannot thank Gary and Paul enough. I hope they have a very merry Christmas – they have sure saved mine from being a rubbish one.”

For details of your nearest household waste recycling site and Christmas opening hours visit www.veolia.co.uk/southdowns/hwrs or call 08453 550550.

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9:42am Fri 14 Dec 12

Morpheus says...

Most of the rubbish in the shops will be in the bins after Christmas. I've never seen such tat as this year.
Most of the rubbish in the shops will be in the bins after Christmas. I've never seen such tat as this year. Morpheus
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10:27am Fri 14 Dec 12

qm says...

Lucky boy!! It's so good to know that our "local lads" are not as anal as some of the jobsworths that the rest of the country has to put up with. If I come across a "Gary and Paul" in their fluorescents in my local I will certainly stump up for a pint or two!! ;)
Lucky boy!! It's so good to know that our "local lads" are not as anal as some of the jobsworths that the rest of the country has to put up with. If I come across a "Gary and Paul" in their fluorescents in my local I will certainly stump up for a pint or two!! ;) qm
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2:17pm Fri 14 Dec 12

tooned_in says...

blokes a twit full stop! i have such a large family ive brought & wrapped 38 presents already...sorry to sound harsh but ive no tolerance for the stupid
blokes a twit full stop! i have such a large family ive brought & wrapped 38 presents already...sorry to sound harsh but ive no tolerance for the stupid tooned_in
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3:11pm Fri 14 Dec 12

sussexram40 says...

Great use of festive words by Neil Vowles. Bit do reindeer have whiskers?
Great use of festive words by Neil Vowles. Bit do reindeer have whiskers? sussexram40
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