The recycle box, known as the Recycling Bin prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is an object in the Animal Crossing series where items appear for the player to take. In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, it appears in town hall, and in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it appears in Resident Services.
In Wild World and City Folk
In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, the Recycling Bin is located within town hall, on the right-hand side. Items, including furniture, clothing, and Gyroids, can appear in the recycle box occasionally; the player can also place items in it. Each Monday and Thursday at 6 AM, the Recycling Bin is emptied.
In New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the recycle box is located within the Resident Services building, on the left-hand side. Each day, there is a 45% chance of an item appearing in the box if there are less than 10 items already inside; items that can appear include three Clay, three Iron Nuggets, a small furniture item, an item of clothing, a flower bag, a Sapling, Cedar Sapling, a wallpaper, or trash. Each of these items has an equal chance of appearing. Of the clothing items that can appear, five can exclusively be obtained from the recycle box. On the day after Gulliver or Gullivarrr visits, a Rusted Part will appear in the recycle box. When a villagers moves away from an island, a Cardboard Box and one of their furniture or clothing items will appear in the recycle box.
Unlike in previous games, items cannot be placed in the recycle box directly. However, any items placed outside will appear in the box if the Cleanup Service is used, and any items within other players' pockets at the end of local co-op multiplayer will also appear. A maximum of 80 items can be stored in the recycle box, though only up to 60 are visible at a time. After the maximum is reached, the oldest items are removed.
The following items can be obtained exclusively from the recycle box in New Horizons.
Recycle Box items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|Item||Image||Type||Buy price||Sell price||Available from|
|Nearly busted radio||Furniture||Not for sale||545 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Recycled-paper bundle||Furniture||Not for sale||495 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Sloppy bed||Furniture||Not for sale||527 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Sloppy sink||Furniture||Not for sale||1,090 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Sloppy sofa||Furniture||Not for sale||580 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Sloppy table||Furniture||Not for sale||360 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Tangled cords||Furniture||Not for sale||10 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Baggy shirt||Clothing||Not for sale||10 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Dirty tank top||Clothing||Not for sale||30 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Holey socks||Clothing||Not for sale||10 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Moldy dress||Clothing||Not for sale||10 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Ripped doctor's coat||Clothing||Not for sale||135 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Shattered glasses||Clothing||Not for sale||10 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Torn pants||Clothing||Not for sale||10 Bells|| Recycle box|
|Rusted part||Material||Not for sale||10 Bells|| Communicator part|