Brian McGuinn of Margate said he accidentally threw the ring away with a disposable razor and dreaded telling his wife of five years, Anna, WTVJ-TV, Miami, reported Friday.
"I just started crying and I would stop crying, and remind myself that jewelry is replaceable," Anna said.
Anna called waste management company Wheelabrator and within an hour Brian was suited up at the dump and wading through more than 8 tons of garbage to find the precious ring.
McGuinn said workers identified the trash from his collection route, making his job a little easier, and he was eventually able to locate the ring.
"Once I found it, I actually let out a manly scream," McGuinn said.
McGuinn said he would not hesitate to repeat the feat, although he has sworn to never again touch the ring.
"She's the love of my life. That ring was meant for her and no one else," he said. "She's everything to me."