More than 50 million euros have been collected by Germany’s central bank following the catastrophic floods of last July, according to the bank.
Each year, the bank says, it receives damaged bills totaling about €40 million.
Citizens have been bringing in floodwater-soaked notes, as well as notes soiled with oil, sewage, and dirt, according to the Bundesbank.
A Mainz facility that examines forged and damaged money processes and destroys the damaged money once it has been dried and processed, according to the authorities.
When it comes to dealing with filthy money, the Bundesbank says it has invested in dryers because it is vital to handle wet notes swiftly before they clump together and harden into concrete.
In addition, German individuals who return the damaged notes would get a full reimbursement.
Between mid-July and the end of August, the flood-affected districts in western Germany sent the centre 51 million euros in cash.