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Trash in the Animal Crossing series refers to three worthless items that can be caught by the player while fishing but also other priceless items. Empty cans, boots and tires cannot be sold for any Bells, negatively affect Perfect Town status and simply take up pocket space. 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. Items such as used fireworks and forged paintings also count as trash. In New Horizons, trash can now be used as crafting material.


There are three types of trash that can be caught.

Empty Can

"Nasty! You can't throw that back in!" —Animal Crossing
"You CAN't litter!" —Wild World
"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 suppose to catch the fish before you can it?" —New Horizons
Can (Wild World)
Can (Wild World icon)
Rusted Can
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"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)
GCN games Wild World City Folk Animal Crossing: New Leaf



"Did this come from Gracie's car?!" —Animal Crossing and Wild World
"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
GCN games Wild World City Folk Animal Crossing: New Leaf



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 the refuse 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 until the ordinance is canceled, no trash will be found.


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