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.
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Release Date: Sep 3, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound card
    • Additional Notes: Input devices: Keyboard and mouse, DVD-ROM drive with 16x
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    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics:
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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337 of 415 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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248 of 323 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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128 of 173 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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87 of 153 people (57%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 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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26 of 41 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 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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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.0 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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83.0 hrs
Posted: September 2
As much as I actually like this game, I do think the devs really did miss the mark in having a product that still has the potential in being first class.

The biggest problem this game has and if you exclude the bugs and lack of dev support on that, is that it tries to be a driving sim at the same time as a business sim and fails in both.

I still think that with a few tweaks and improvements it could be the game it was initially designed to be though, I would urge the devs in thinking about opening it up to the great and wonderful modding community who would transform this game.

1st As you get io the game it comes very apparent very fast that you will have to micro manage all vehicles in the game on a daily basis, now its grea that you can assign days for collection and for differet types of garbage o be collected, but why the hell can you not assign vehicles to routes and garbage types? After all with the ability and very quickly to be able to own 5 garage spots each holding 6 vehicles managing all those every day is just not realistic, any compay would hve those vehicles already on a set rota system, something tha could ahve been easy to include in the game.

2nd you can either drive a vehicle or autoroute it, great idea, but what would have been better is being able to hot jump into different vehicles as you saw fit, would have been more fun and rewarding, but thats where the lack of game development does show, the routes taken by the vehicles on autoroute do ot take the fastest route and do not simulate the actual collection unseen, instead they go on a set route linked to the collection route and drive righ back to base, disappear for around 1 game hour and then park up to be re-assigned on another route.

just these 2 areas alone do let the game down and things that even in part were addressed would improve overall game play

3rd no competition, not just that but there is no route development either and with the technology in games that is available today this is one aspect that could have been looked at more, routes could have been linked to the garage sites owened as well as the current criteria, plus how well you do with the routes you do have should have abearing on if other routes become available to you, poor performance on any route should see you potentially lose that route due o your customers opting to use another competitor - again totally over looked.

4th Lack of any real campaign mode, really this could ahve been a much bigger and beter game if you were able to expand your business from say a village to start with up into a town and then a city, havint to manage them as you would a real business and making use of technologies as they appear.

5th WTF no pause! and not just that the only speed option is a pointless x4, really there should havebeen more options on this considering you only have from 9am to 4pm each day to micro manage your fleet.

Can I recommend this game? at the price its now dropped to, sure you have nothing to lose and it is still a game hat if opened up somewhere down the line o modders could really be improved and take off, failing that maybe just maybe the devs are taking on board commens hat have been amde and actually see the real potential this game has and decide o do something about it, but we can all live in hope right?
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erhminer gaming
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
All this complaining from a bunch of idiots who expected a Action Packed game... Freakin ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, its a simulator its not supposed to be fun! However if your inot Sims this isnt bad, the loading times are, well there are none and its got a very company management feel to it, so if you like that type of game its 10/10. However I do feel the devs need to add more features and trucks, hut maybe they will who knows, only time can tell.
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37.4 hrs
Posted: August 2
Dissatisfied for how you're neighbor sorts their trash? Unhappy with the garbage bin being always full?
Fear not, for in this game you can set up trash being picked up 3 times a day and you can be environmentally friendly and put all the waste and recyclables in a landfill and bury them away... What better way to dispose of waste? :D

Overall it's a good simulator... Seen better, but it's fun to play and very immersive...
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7.8 hrs
Posted: July 22
this game is asome if you like trucks but theere is some glich
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The Aldershot Writer
0.3 hrs
Posted: May 28
Wouldn't recommend to buy - has to be credited for its tutorials though - increase the font size in-game!!
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83.3 hrs
Posted: March 13
Bought this game before it was released with much higher expectations ie. more variety in vehicles, more keybinds, possible multiplayer
Would have liked other types of collection equipment
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7.1 hrs
Posted: March 5
This game has so many bugs
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Megazach 1
10.1 hrs
Posted: March 3
Great and really fun
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"TG" Dino Flintstone
2.1 hrs
Posted: February 9
Don't waste your time. Should have read the reveiws first.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: December 3, 2015
the game is so borring
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