A London resident attempted to recycle a tortoise according to recycling campaign Recycle Western Riverside.
Murphy - safe and sound in the hands of new owner Dr Suzy Maes
The tortoise was discovered by workers going along the production line at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Kent and was subsequently named Murphy.
Murphy was thought to have passed undetected through the materials sorting process, going through a spinning drum to separate glass and cans from paper, and passing along a conveyor belt with magnets and air jets, before being picked out on the paper sorting conveyor belt.
He was taken to the local RSPCA and has now been found a new, safer home. Murphy tops the list of unusual things people have tried to recycle, including blow up dolls and a six foot tall plastic reindeer.