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An empty can in New Horizons.

Trash in the Animal Crossing series primarily refers to three items that can be caught by the player while fishing. Empty cans, boots and tires cannot be sold for any Bells, and negatively affect perfect town status. Games prior to New Leaf allow the player to conveniently dispose of trash for free. In New Leaf, Re-Tail will charge a disposal fee per item, but the player can still use alternative disposal sites such as a trash can. Certain items such as used fireworks and forged paintings also count as trash. In New Horizons, trash functions as crafting material for various DIY recipes.


There are three types of trash that can be caught: empty can, boot, and tire. There are other types of trash throughout the series, including used fireworks and forged paintings.

Empty Can[]

The empty can is, like the name suggests, an empty can. It is can be sold, but it's not much bells. It can be caught in rivers and in the recycling bin at Resident Services.

Quotes when caught[]

"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'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

Can (Wild World)
Can (Wild World icon)
Rusted Can
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GCN games Wild World City Folk New Leaf New Horizons



The boot is a kind of trash in Animal Crossing. It can also be found in rivers like the Empty Can. It also again, like the Empty Can, can be found in the Recycling Bin at Resident Services.

Quotes when caught[]

"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

Boot (Wild World)
Boot (Wild World icon)
Boot (New Leaf icon)
GCN games Wild World City Folk New Leaf New Horizons


Old Tire[]

The old tire is a type of trash in Animal Crossing. It can be found also in rivers, like many types of trash. It also can be found in the recycling bin in Resident Services.

Quotes when caught[]

"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

Tire (Wild World)
Tire (Wild World icon)
Old Tire
Tire (New Leaf icon)
NH-Old tire
NH-old tire-icon
GCN games Wild World City Folk New Leaf New Horizons


Used Fountain Firework[]

The used fountain firework is a type of trash in Animal Crossing. It is obtainable when using a Fountain Firework. It also is obtainable through the recycle bin of Resident Services.


In Animal Forest and Animal Crossing[]

Trash is much less common in these games, and does not appear at all while the player's pockets are full.

In Wild World and City Folk[]

Flies, newly added in Wild World, can now be found hovering around discarded trash.

Trash (Wild World)

In New Leaf[]

When a player fishes out trash, they can bring it to Reese in Re-Tail, who will collect a recycling fee of 80 Bells per piece. Flies can still be caught from setting out trash on the ground.

Alternatively, the player can use one of the many trash bin furniture items to dispose of garbage for free. The player can also build a garbage can as a Public Works Project, which serves the same purpose. However, the player can stop trash altogether by selecting the Keep Town Beautiful ordinance. From the day after it is selected, no trash will be found until the ordinance is canceled.

In New Horizons[]


A player re-purposing a tire in New Horizons.

Trash can be repurposed as crafting materials for various DIY recipes, which are unlocked after fishing up enough trash items. The player can also earn Nook Miles for fishing up to 20 pieces of trash. Trash items can only be sold for 10 Bells apiece.

DIY Recipes[]

In New Horizons, there are various DIY recipes that use trash. All of these recipes can be obtained by catching varying amounts of trash.


  • Trash might exist to increase awareness of water pollution.
  • In Gekijōban Dōbutsu no Mori, Hopper catches a boot as he is fishing.
  • The phrase "I caught a boot! It, uh, wasn't made for swimming." is a reference to the song "These boots were made for walking" by Nancy Sinatra.


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