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 (120 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 3, 2014
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September 11

Update for “RECYCLE: Garbage Truck Simulator” OUT NOW!

Dear Community,

thanks for your patience!

Today we have released Patch for “RECYCLE: Garbage Truck Simulator”

Preliminarily Changelog / Fixes:

  • Vanishing waste at the landfill after loading a save game is fixed
  • Improved physics of the bulldozer (collision and compression of the waste)
  • Loading times after directly starting the game have been shortened
  • Whilst using the autopilot feature the system now detects the correct garbage type to each vehicle
  • Crash after loading a save game twice is fixed
  • Crash after usage of the autopilot is fixed
  • Tweaked automated system of the garage parking lots
  • Game settings in the profile folder of the game which are related to the camera usage, driving issues and problems whilst starting the game are fixed
  • Tweaked ramps at the buildings
  • Organic truck AI has been improved
  • Organic Truck -> the "stand back" option has been tweaked
  • Garbage Crane Truck -> no more crashes if you try to unload the waste at a landfill
  • Solved random camera swap after loading a game
  • Solved crash if you wanted to save the game after changing the resolution


Liebe Community,

danke für eure Geduld!

Wir können euch heute Patch zu "RECYCLE: Müllabfuhr Simulator" zur Verfügung stellen.

Vorläufiges Changelog / Verbesserungen:
  • Beim Laden eines alten Spielstandes bleibt die Menge an Müll auf der Deponie identisch
  • Verbesserte Bulldozer-Physik (Kollision und Kompression des Mülls)
  • Ladezeiten nach dem direkten Start des Spiels wurden verkürzt
  • Während der Autopilot verwendet wird, ordnet jetzt das System den Fahrzeugen den richtigen Mülltyp zu
  • Das Spiel stürzt nicht mehr ab, sobald man ein Savegame doppelt lädt
  • Ein weiterer Fehler im Zusammenhang mit dem Autopiloten wurde behoben
  • Automatisierte Zuordnung der Parkplätze auf dem Betriebshof wurde verbessert
  • Verbesserte Einstellungen im Profilordner des Spiels, die im Zusammenhang stehen mit Kamerafehlern, Problemen bei der Fahrzeugsteuerung und Abstürzen nach dem direkten Start des Spiels
  • Verbesserungen bei den Gebäuderampen
  • Künstliche Intelligenz des Biomüllwagens wurde verbessert
  • Biomüllwagen –> Die Trittbrett-Option wurde verbessert
  • Müllwagenkran –> keine Abstürze mehr, wenn man versucht Müll auf der Deponie abzuladen
  • Zufällige Kamerabewegung zu anderen Fahrzeugen nach dem Laden des Spiels wurde gefixt
  • Inkompatibiität der Savegames in Kombination mit Änderung der Auflösung wurde gefixt

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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
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Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Boring, but it works!
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
This game is aweful. Looks like no thought was put into it and that it was simply rushed out the door. This would be the first game I ever would ask for a refund on, if Steam allowed it. The text is blurry, the tutorial is bad, controls are clunky, no first person view on driving the trucks, in ability to pan around the city and see your trucks in action, camera is locked, and a very horrible UI design make this a definite NOT RECOMMEND. Do not waste your money and be careful with what you buy on Steam - read the reviews.

Its too bad too because the concept is actually pretty great.
Posted: October 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
This game had some potential to being fun as a garbage man. I enjoyed working in the landfill, but theres bugs, bugs and more bugs.

When you save the game you better make sure all your trucks have returned to the garage or they will be flying in the air when you return making you start a new game.

When working in the landfill if you load the dump truck and leave game all your waste will be gone

The Excavator grab will get locked and not work if you grab to low on the pile making you reload the game

Some of the stop and go lights are very hard to see. some have bright green and red lights and others you got to zoom in just to see it and sometimes look at the other street side to know if the light changed.

The compression ratio seems to not change, but if you open and close the game a few times in a row all of a sudden it changes for no reason

The Garbage in the landfill will disappears. It will show on the screen you got garbage in the landfill, but you cant see it on the screen, so all that time you had gathering it is now lost

If you ask me this game is pretty much a complete lost like all the games this company makes. A patch or two will not fix this game pretty much needs to be remade
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Not a good buy. The game crashes too much and glitches. When i bought a new garbage truck i put one container in the truck and it said that the truck was full.. So i took it to my landfill and when i dumped the garbage, nothing came out..
Posted: September 27
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5.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 18
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4.5 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥y quality of games.
Posted: October 10
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298 of 361 people (83%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 3
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233 of 294 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
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!
Posted: September 3
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111 of 142 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 3
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83 of 134 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
the game its not much nice no change camera you cant see your trucks where is it so dont buy it
Posted: September 3
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
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!
Posted: September 4
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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 3
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 9
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 15
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15 of 26 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
you know after playing a few of these simulator games and everyone one of them,especially this one, being crap why dont they use a different engine or evote a little more time into something like this?? these games could be really really fun if only they would take the time to get off their rears and do something... i understand its day one of the release but honestly its no different than others ive played that have been out for a while. i was really looking forward to this game and now am really dissappointed that i gave these people another of my hard earned $20 to produce another cheap and unfinished simulator next year...
Posted: September 3
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 17
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
I not recommand the game. I boucht it four days ago and it still blocks.
Posted: September 7
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
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.

Posted: September 5
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
First off it should be noted I like sims, this is not the first sim I have played and have spent many hours on Farm sinulator and Euro truck. However....

There is no way the developer has tested the game play on 50 PCs as they claim. I think they have simply installed on 50 PCs and checked the start up screen loads.

This game is not finished. Far from it.

Everybody who has bought the game is being used as beta testers. The game sort of works but has too many erros too often.

Everybody has reported that the crane truck crashes the game when being unloaded - this is something you would expect to have been picked up in testing. They claim a ptach is on the way and they seem to have had no problem replcating the crash so It really would have been picked up in a even poorly done test phase.

My trucks on auto now randomly claim the wrong garbage is being dumped at the wrong place when its not. General waste to the landfills is correct and has been for the last 5 in game days. Now every other dump is wrong apprently.

Driving the organic truck and no matter where I park the guy on the back can not get off the truck due to a none existant obstruction.

Take the dumper to the incinerator and try to switch back to the crane without driving back to the landfill. Game hangs then crashes.

The phyiscs system is ♥♥♥♥. Cars have infinate mass as do street signs. My truck must weigh 15 tons and I have 10 tons or garbage in the back. Why do I bounce off of street signs!!! Yes I am not supposed to be driving it like GTA but a street sign should not stop my truck.

Everything is far to happy to ragdoll for the slightest reason. I can make my bulldozer bounce 10 feet high over the landfill. If you stick the handbrake on while unloading a truck at the dump you fire off like a rocket towards the perimeter fance ragdolling along the way.

Graphics are extremely poorly optimsed. I have a PC well beyond the recommended specs but get frequent half second freezes and when using the crane to the load the dump truck the FPS drop to about 10 when the claw is full of garbage.

The only thing the devs have done well is the trailer video. It makes the game look far better and more interesting then it is. False representation in the extreme.

This game needs at least another 12 months of coding just to be playable and maybe even enjoyable.
Posted: September 6
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