Trash are items in the Animal Crossing series that can be caught while fishing. There are three types of trash that can be caught in every game: the boot, the empty can, and the old tire. Other trash items include spoiled turnips, tree branches, rusted parts, used fountain fireworks, fake art, and any lost items that have expired.
In some Animal Crossing games, they cannot be sold for any Bells and mostly just take up pocket space. If dropped on the ground, trash will decrease the environment rating. They, like rafflesia and spoiled turnips, can be used to attract flies. Giving a villager a trash item will cause them to reject it and negatively impact friendship.
There are several methods to dispose trash, including using the recycling bin (prior to New Horizons), interacting with trash bin public works projects or furniture, and using the "sell" option at the store.
In Animal Crossing
In the first-generation Animal Crossing games, trash has a 5% chance of being fished up from any fish shadow. Empty cans come from tiny and small shadows, boots come from medium and large shadows, and old tires come from very large and huge shadows. Trash cannot be fished up if the player has full pockets.
When pulled from the water, each trash item has a unique sprite, though when dropped, all types of trash appear as a pile of garbage.
In Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, trash is much more commonly encountered. They can be disposed either through Tom Nook or the recycling bin, where trash cannot appear.
In City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, trash is uncommon, serving the same purpose as in previous games. It can be disposed either through Tom Nook or the recycling bin.
In New Leaf
There are two methods of disposing trash in New Leaf. Firstly, the player can give the trash to Reese at Re-Tail to dispose it, but the player will need to pay a fee of 80 Bells. Fishing out trash and disposing of it at Re-Tail increases the approval rating needed for the development permit. Secondly, the player can dispose trash either using the garbage can public works project or a furniture that can dispose trash. Other players can also use these objects to remove the trash.
In New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the player is freely able to sell boots, empty cans, and old tires to Nook's Cranny for 10 Bells each. However, Timmy and Tommy will not accept forgeries, while expired lost items ("What was this again?") will be disposed of for free. They can also use a trash bin furniture (such as the garbage pail) to dispose trash.
Trash bin furniture
The following furniture items act as trash bins to dispose trash.
Another method to dispose trash items is to use them in DIY, as several recipes incorporate trash into them. Nearly all recipes can be obtained by catching varying amounts of trash (the one exception being the lunar rover, which is obtained from Celeste).
- "You caught an old shoe! Gross! Put your foot down and say NO to littering!" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a boot! Keep our waters clean!" —Wild World
- "I caught a boot! I hope someone lost this AND DIDN'T TOSS IT HERE!" —City Folk
- "I caught a boot! Now where's your mate?" —New Leaf
- "I caught a boot! It, uh, wasn't made for swimming." —New Horizons
- "You caught an empty can! Nasty! You can't throw it back in!" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a tin can! You CAN't litter!" —Wild World
- "I caught an empty can! This isn't a can... it's a CAN'T!" —City Folk
- "I caught an empty can! Aw, maaaan..." —New Leaf
- "I caught an empty can! Aren't you supposed to catch the fish before you can it?" —New Horizons
- "You caught a tire! Blech! Roll on over to the dump and drop it off!" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught an old tire! Did this come from Gracie's car?!" —Wild World
- "I caught an old tire! Whose car did this come from?" —City Folk
- "I caught an old tire! It was just treading water..." —New Leaf
- "I caught an old tire! I sure am tired of that!" —New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons