In “RECYCLE: Garbage Truck Simulator” you drive impressively realistic garbage trucks through a lively city while taking on a range of management tasks as you head your own waste management enterprise.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (135 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 3, 2014
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November 28, 2014

Updated now available!

Dear Community,

we have released an update for RECYCLE. Thank you very much for your extensive feedback. All the necessary details you will find below. We hope that you will enjoy the various improvements.

Liebe Community,
vielen Dank für euer ausführliches Feedback. Wir haben gerade das Update für RECYCLE veröffentlicht. Alle nötigen Details findet ihr weiter unten.

- Savegame alert message loop (caused by autosave loop)
- Duplicated dumpsters bug (visual bug)
- Red light tickets – problem only if an old savegame loaded, on new games worked ok
- Fixed hydraulics of the green organic truck (visual bug)
- Added a beep sound when driving backwards
- Workers walk 30% faster

- Ein Problem mit einer Eingabemaske die beim Autospeichern auftreten konnte, wurden behoben
- Mülltonnen werden nun bei der Abholung korrekt dargestellt und werden nicht mehr verdoppelt.
- Es gibt nun keine Strafen mehr, wenn man durch grüne Ampeln hindurch fährt
- Die Darstellung der Hydraulik des grünen organischen Abfall Trucks wurde erheblich verbessert
- Wenn Fahrzeuge rückwärtsfahren, wird ein entsprechender Sound abgespielt
- Die Arbeiter bewegen sich bis zu 30% schneller

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November 6, 2014


Dear Community,

we released an update for RECYCLE. Thank you very much for your extensive feedback. All the necessary details you will find below. We hope that you will enjoy the various improvements.

Liebe Community,
vielen Dank für euer ausführliches Feedback. Das Update ist nun veröffentlicht Alle nötigen Details findet ihr weiter unten. Wir hoffen, dass euch die zahlreichen Verbesserungen gefallen.


- Fixed several issues with the auto-pilot. The auto-pilot destinations are now working properly
- Fixed a crash issue which was caused by more than 40 auto save games which were created by the game itself
- Fixed a crash that may appeared Crash when the player is driving with a crane truck to the filled Depot „66“ and switches the camera mode
- Fixed an issue with moveable/not moveable parked vehicles
- Fixed graphical issues that may appeared when dumpster truck is on autopilot, for instance no driver`s cab displayed
- Fixed vehicle behavior
- Fixed issues in the tutorials texts
- Fixed the behavior of a traffic light close to the incinerator

- Added new localization strings to the game
- Added the support of STEAM® Trading Cards
- Dumpsters now have the same color when collected as they have in the calendar overview
- The player can now set all routes to auto-pilot and don’t need to drive one route on his own
- Vehicles now need the right amount of gas in order to work properly. If you won’t refuel your vehicles on a regular basis it may happen that you need to send out the assistance van
- Assistance van can now be purchased at level 1 and is now needed for breakdowns
- The game is now properly saved in a 10 minute interval automatically
- The active route is now highlighted properly in the mini map
- Added a button for V-Sync options in the options menu. Players no longer need to use complicated console commands in order to adapt the settings
- The building upgrades are now displayed with the correct texts
- Increased hit box of the garbage crane truck
- Improved the physics of the player controlled vehicles
- The count of needed dumpsters for a specific rout is now displayed in red
- The turret of the garbage crane can now be rotated by Q and E
- Improved the camera positioning in Cobbs Creek
- Dumpsters can now be empty on a route or contain money


- Der Auto-Pilot funktioniert einwandfrei und steuert nun alle Orte an
- Ein Absturz-Problem, das auftreten konnte, wenn das System mehr als 40 automatische Speicherstände anlegt, wurde behoben
- Ein volles Depot „66“ führte in seltenen Fällen zu einem Absturz. Dies ist nun behoben
- Parkende Fahrzeuge können nun nicht mehr bewegt werden, ohne vorher Arbeiter zu zuweisen
- Es wurden mehrere Grafikfehler im Auto-Pilot Modus behoben, z.B.: Keine Fahrerkabine wurde angezeigt
- Das Fahrzeugverhalten wurde verbessert
- Die Tutorialtexte sind nun verständlicher formuliert
- Die Ampelschaltung vor der Verbrennungsanlage wurde angepasst

- Es wurden neue, volllokalisierte Texte eingebaut
- STEAM® Trading Cards wurden implementiert und sind nun verfügbar
- Die Mülltonnen sind im Spiel nun eingefärbt und haben dieselbe Farbe wie in der Kalenderübersicht, wenn der Spieler sie abholt
- Die Fahrzeuge des Spielers benötigen nun die korrekte Menge an Treibstoff, um ordnungsgemäß zu funktionieren. Sollte der Spieler nicht rechtzeitig tanken, so kann es sein, dass er den Instandsetzungs-Van losschicken muss, da das Fahrzeug liegen geblieben ist
- Der Instandsetzungs-Van kann nun ab Level 1 vom Spieler gekauft werden und wird benötigt um liegengebliebene Fahrzeuge wieder flottzukriegen
- Das Spiel speichert nun alle 10 Minuten automatisch
- Die aktive Route wird auf der Minimap entsprechend hervorgehoben
- Ein Button für V-Sync wurde im Optionsmenü eingebaut. Es ist nun nicht mehr notwendig komplizierte Konsolenbefehle einzugeben, um eine optimale Darstellung des Spiels zu gewährleisten
- Gebäude-Upgrades werden jetzt mit den korrekten Texten angezeigt
- Die Hitbox des Kranwagens wurde vergrößert um eine bessere Handhabung zu gewährleisten
- Die Fahrzeugeigenschaften der vom Spieler kontrollierten Fahrzeuge wurde verbessert
- Die Anzahl der für eine Route benötigten Tonnen wird nun in Rot angezeigt
- Der Turm des Kranwagens kann nun per Q und E gedreht werden
- Die Kameraperspektive in Cobbs Creek wurde verbessert
- Auf einer Route kann es nun auch leere Mülltonnen oder Mülltonne die Geld enthalten geben

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About This Game

In every city in the world, they are the unsung heroes of the road - garbage men and their high-powered garbage trucks. They provide the efficient collection and processing of a wide variety of waste and guarantee that our cities don’t drown in garbage.

In “RECYCLE: Garbage Truck Simulator” you drive impressively realistic garbage trucks through a lively city while taking on a range of management tasks as you head your own waste management enterprise. Hire the right staff, expand your fleet, plan efficient pickup routes, purchase landfill licenses, take out loans and efficiently steer your garbage disposal convoy through the entire city! Do you have what it takes to become a trash tycoon?


  • Control your unsung heroes of the road! – utility vans, basic garbage trucks, organic waste trucks, glass recycling trucks, crawler cranes, dump trucks and bulldozers
  • Includes management aspect for even more game depth
  • Keep expanding your enterprise through efficient play and economic management!
  • A realistically simulated city with different districts, AI road traffic, traffic lights and pedestrians
  • Recreate the entire recycling process! – From garbage collection (residual waste, glass, plastic and paper), to the landfill and various recycling facilities
  • Get an overview of the facts and figures that determine the success or failure of your mission in your statistics center!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: AMD/Intel processor with 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA/RADEON with 256 MB and DirectX® 10 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound card
    • Additional Notes: Input devices: Keyboard and mouse, DVD-ROM drive with 16x
    • OS:
    • Processor:
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics:
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card:
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Helpful customer reviews
25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Howdy. I purchased this title on its release day on Steam, and boy was I disappointed. As a QA analyst by profession I was truly disturbed by how unfinished this game truly was at release. Mercifully I was not beset by the crashes many of the other users have been afflicted by, but the game itself was clearly rushed through QA if it was even tested at all.

AI trucks not having cockpits, immediate resolution of AI routes, incorrect amounts fo profit returned from AI routes.. The list goes on and on. I truly, personally gave up after attempting to dump in the landfill with the trash going under my truck preventing me from ever moving again. A gamebreaker if I've never seen one.

Until this game is properly tested and patched do yourself a favor and stay away.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
sorry to all those folks who had problems with the game. i had the opposite experience. i have been having a great time with this game. it works well for me. the only problem i had was when a worker got stuck inside the truck. i think just pushing the R for reset will solve the problem.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Boring, but it works!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Hey you know what....
It may be a surprise to some but a game called Recycle is about...
Garbage trucks Holy @^#& I know right.
If you buy it ust be warned its buggy as %$$% but that doesn't mean you cant have fun. Its literaly not for everyone. Seriously it's not.
I mean I "Enjoyed it" but it can be an okay and I mean OKAY time waster.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I took a chance on this game, I think it is a good game. However this game could be better but is poorly developed, poorly tested for bugs, repetive bin colours, false computer specs, manual is very light, bad release.

I can't belive this game got the green light.
I wish steam had a better game quality control, becase these german developers/publishers are getting away with it by publishing shity quality of games.
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317 of 390 people (81%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Well, I have learned another lesson about buying games on the first day of release....Don't do it. This game is broken and crashes without making it to the main menu.

Edit: Due to negative comments, I must add that I am not the bad guy here. This game was NOT in early access. But I expected some flaws, as these simulator games are hit or miss on the quality. I purchased a finished game, I can't wait until its finished so I can write a proper review of my gameplay experience.

Unfotunately for now, I cannot recommed anyone purchase this because I am not the only one having problems with the game crashing. When it is patched so I can play a few hours, I will edit my review.

Edit 9/12/2014 The patch came out 8 days after release so here is my review- It's about what I expected when I purchased this title. Good graphics, probably the best feature of the game. There still are some bugs that need to be worked out. I am satisfied with the game for the price but you have to like simulator games. I am not changing the thumbs down because, at the time I purchased, there were no reviews. I posted this review because I use the review system to help me decide if I should purchase the game, and for all the other gamers that do the same, I was providing valuable information to help them as they have helped me.

Edit 9/12/2014
The patch was out yesterday and now the game will play. However, there are still game-breaking bugs and crashes.About 10 hours in, and this will be the 3rd time I have had to restart because of crashing during loading a saved game or a bug with the truck being empty but when I try to dump a container in it, it says the truck is full.

Buy at your own risk.
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238 of 308 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
After 1st downloading the game it didnt work we had to manaully put something into the config to get it to work,
You cant controll the cameras,
You cant put it into 1st person
I cant even be bothered to play it becuase of this tbh
Unless the add better cameras i simply wouldnt bother!
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116 of 157 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Broken on release. Cannot get this running crashes on start up how they messed this up so badly is beyond me. I guess no one tested this game in their office. The word "mediocre" comes to mind
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87 of 148 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
the game its not much nice no change camera you cant see your trucks where is it so dont buy it
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
One of those games I wish I didn't buy. No blinkers, flashers, flashing lights, NOTHING!. The guy takes forever to haul the garbage. This should not be listed as a simulation game because there is no simulation, not to mention the graphics sucks. I am a garbage man in NY and if i moved that slow i would fired so quick. You can't control the garbage man only the driver which sucks. No first person cam no moving the cam around just that horrible view. I did not have any problems with the game loading or working or anything it works perfectly fine for me just sucks. Horrid game do not buy!
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
After all the problems with this game on the day of release i can honestly say that the developers have done a great job in fixing all the bugs.
This has to be 1 of the best simulators on steam at the moment.
I highly recommend you give it a try
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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
I do recommend buying this game, but there are quite a few bugs. They are workign on a patch but don't get to upset now, The game itself it perfect for me but when it comes to the driving, It doesn't let you move. Hopefully the patch will fix this.

Title Rating
Gameplay 6/10
Graphics 10/10
Contol 4/10
Overall 6/10
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Suprisingly this is actually a pretty fun game. I love Simulations, was tenative on getting it until a patch was released, proves they care. So I bought it once the patch was released. Game play is unique, guess it would be for a game about garbage and recycling, little repeatative but most simulators are. Graphics are suprisingly good and the game play is fun if you like simulations. No complaints, I hope they add more maps not that I have finished the original but variety would be awesome. More trucks etc too but game plays smoooth, is rather fun to play, suprisingly addictive. :)

Random events would also add a coolness factor to the game too, something to break up of the normal trash activities.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
I would recommend this game. I got it for 15% off, first of all, so that was cool. Above all else, this is geared as a business simulation, even if you don't get any inference of that from the video. Yes, the graphics are not up to par with PS3 or 4. The movements of the trashmen are somewhat slow, but not horribly so. I have had 3 crashes in about 17 hours of play - twice for the same thing (accidentally grabbing the wrong container type on route setup and instead of just letting it go, I tried to drag it back to it's original spot), and once it said my trash guy was blocked by an obstacle and to move to the open road so he could grab a container. I was in the road at the time. I never went off the road. Aside from that, the game has been uneventful, in respect to glitches/crashes. And yeah, there's only 1 useful camera angle I've found (although I haven't checked them all out, and only checked out 2 views{change views in the options menu}), but so what. It's not like you are playing against other people trying to collect the same trash or shooting at people, lol. Deal with it. Maybe they'll release a patch or two and things will be better. It's a decent enough game. But then again, what the hell do I know? Watch the video and decide for yourself. It's your cash :)

You start off with some cash, a parking lot, and that's it. Buy a truck, buy some route licenses so you can collect the trash, take a short loan to float you buying your own dump, or just dump for free at the municipal dump. Difference is, you get paid to dump it at your own dump. The object is to make money.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
RECYCLE, once I got it working, turned out to be a fairly competent simulator. It doesn't win any awards in the physics department (you bounce off objects, drive through people, etc.), but it is fairly good at being a garbage sim. You're forced to be in control of a vehicle but can set the others on autopilot should you have more than one. If you're not in the mood to drive at all, you can assign your other trucks to their usual routes and when they return, send them right back out again to the ones you'd normally do (Your day ends at 4 PM, so try to make sure you have enough trucks to handle the extra loads). You gain XP and money either way you do it, so you can sit back and manage or take the reigns yourself...though I have to admit the AI is MUCH faster at doing the job. Vehicles and other features unlock as you play, though you don't actually create purchase pre-planned ones and send your trucks out accordingly. You CAN however assign the days the routes get services.

Verdict: I myself wouldn't pay $24.99 for this game, though I WOULD grab it during a sale.

Fixing the crash on startup error can be done as follows:

1) Open your Steam/Steam Apps/Common/RECYCLE/System folder and COPY the 7 ICOM files to...

2) Open your C Drive/Users/Your Name/Documents/My Games/ Recycle/System. Simply overwrite the 3 existing ICOM files.

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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
This simulator is great! Who could've thought taking peoples Garbage to the Land fill could be so much fun?!?! I highly reccomend this, one of the best simulators on steam.
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32 of 58 people (55%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
To start off this review i am going to need to look past Steam issues and focus on the game and to be honest for the type of game it is and what exactly you do within that game this does very well in my opinion it - having played it now for a little bit, feels nothing like all those appauling "Sims" that Steam allowed on its Marketplace this is in a legue of its own in comparrison to those, yes it has its flaws and it has good points in which i will get to soon.

First i want to tell you about the issues on first launch in which Steam messed up the installs but the Developers were quick to address this and are working on the patch as i type this review and they have also put a tutorial on the forums on how to "DIY" if you are impatient like me and JUST CANT WAIT, so my opinion of the Devs has sky-rocketed since this as they have shown to me that they are actually involved and WANT the game to suceed and arent like some other Sim Companies (You know who), But enough of my ramblings down to where the metal meets the meat.

  • Good Graphics, now they arent Battlefield graphics but they are fairly nice for what they are.
  • Reasonable sound quality
  • Thought through really well in terms of not being able to get everything from the start, you have to work to get there
  • Open map
  • Lots of room for expansion in the game

  • Some glitches here and there
  • No Cruse control (At the time of writing this)
  • No indicators/ Hazard warning lights
  • No Amber Beacons
  • Truck Gear change sounds non existant

Now i could list more Pros AND Cons but in my opinion the game is quite enjoyable and (i am going to punch myself in the face for saying this) is what it is, a game about Rubish and Recycling.

My Star Ratings
Gamplay: 5/5
Re-playability: 4/5
Graphics: 4/5
Sounds: 2/5
Physics: 4/5

Overall Total (Out of 25) : 19
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
The game overall is very good and even thou i haven't really discoverd everything yet it does feel good. However when you buy your first landfill and you try to use the crane to load the lorry the game just about comes to a stand still, so laggy and the noise it makes at the time is probably not required. I,ve now decided to leave the landfill for as long as possible (praying there will be an update very soon, please) and continue with the building up of my company.

I do overall recommend the game but the designers do need to get this updated/sorted out quickly as alot of people have spent a fair amount of money on it and from what i have read won't play it again until there are some tweaks here and there.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
Thank you for fixing the game.I like the game; it is alot of fun great job in making this game i love simulation games.
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
It would have been really nice if before the game was released that it could be tested throughly. I see a lot of people are having problems running the game. I hope they have a sollution for this very soon as there are a lot of unhappy customers who have paid what may seem littel money to some but a lot to others.
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