James Howells of Newport, South Wales, stored what has now amounted to £90 million worth of bitcoins on a hard drive. Sounds like good news, right? Well, the kicker is the that the hardrive he stored those Bitcoins on is currently buried under a landfill.
In 2013, Howells threw away the old hard drive he had used to mine Bitcoins.
In an attempt to get permission to dig for his old hard drive, Howells told Wired that he has been in touch with the Newport City Council. So far, though, he’s had no luck.
Howells wrote, “Digging up a landfill is not as easy as just digging a hole in the ground.” Assuming Howells does get permission to conduct a search, it would be the first dig of its kind authorized in the U.K.