I'm not a garbage digger but, while throwing trash a stack of eight old patterns did catch my eye, so I dug!
I did not rip bags to get them, they were sitting on top just waiting to be found. I did have to climb in the bin though, not a problem because this was a paper bin.
After sorting and refolding 5 out of 8 were complete patterns. The remaining three were top half's to dresses that could have any type of skirt drafted for them.
Win Win situation if you ask me.