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Trash in the Animal Crossing series are worthless items that can be caught while fishing. In games prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, they cannot be sold for any Bells and mostly just take up pocket space. They, like Rafflesia and rotten turnips, can be used to attract flies.


There are three types of trash that can be caught.

Boot.png Old Tire.png Rusted Can.png
Boot Old Tire Empty Can


In Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing[edit]

In Animal Forest and Animal Crossing, trash is rarer than in the other games. When pulled from the water, each trash item has the specific appearance of the item, though when dropped, all types of trash appear as a hunk of garbage.

In Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]


In Wild World, trash is much more commonly encountered.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

In City Folk, trash is uncommon. It serves the same purpose as in previous games.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

In New Leaf, trash stays largely the same as in Wild World and City Folk, though an 80 Bell fee is required to dispose of it when selling, instead of it being free. Once the player acquires a trash bin from a public works project or by gift or purchase, the bin can be used to remove the trash without a fee. Other players can also use the trash bin inside another player's house to remove the trash. If the Beautiful Ordinance is in effect, trash will not appear.


One function of these items are their attractiveness to flies. If trash is dropped on the ground outside, flies may be seen buzzing around the trash later. Setting these items next to wilting flowers may help them come back to life. In New Leaf, fishing out trash and disposing it at Re-Tail increases the approval rating.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

In New Horizons, the player is no longer charged for trash disposal and can sell Boots, Empty Cans and Old Tires for 10 Bells each. Several DIY recipes incorporate trash into them, making trash more useful besides simply attracting flies or affecting the town/island rating. An example of such incorporation is a pair of Recycled Boots. Upon catching a boot for the first time, the player mentions that they "could probably wear these if [they] found another boot," and that they have "an idea for a DIY recipe!" The action of catching a Boot adds the DIY Recipe for Recycled Boots to the player's Nook Phone.


There are several ways to rid of trash:

  1. The player can send it as a gift to a neighbor. They will accept trash as they would any other gift and often give something useful in return.
  2. The player can send it to a friend's town.

In Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

  1. The player can go to Tom Nook and sell it to him. He will say that he is unable to buy it, but he can dispose it.
  2. The player can sell Tom Nook the trash along with the other item(s). Nook will make no mention about the trash.
  3. The player can dispose it in the Recycling Bin or Town Dump, and it will be gone by the next pickup time.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

  1. The player can sell it to Reese at Re-Tail. She will say that she is unable to buy it, but can dispose it for a fee of 80 Bells.
  2. The player can dispose the trash by putting it in the trash can (after unlocking and building the trash can by public works project or if there is a trash can in any player's home).


Empty can[edit]

"You caught an empty can! Nasty! You can't throw it back in!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught an empty 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 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

Old tire[edit]

"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


  • Any trash will never go into the lost and found, and will add to clutter in town if it is dropped.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Vieux pneu, botte, boîte vide Old tire, boot, empty box