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Garbage dumps are buildings in Tropico 3 and Tropico 4. Human activity on the island produces pollution, often in the form of garbage. As time goes on, this garbage will begin to pile up, affecting the island's beauty and the average environmental happiness of citizens. To handle the garbage and reduce pollution, garbage dumps can be built near areas that are high in pollution, such as housing or factories.

Garbage dumps become obsolete in 1964 when they are replaced by water treatment plants.

Although Garbage Dumps significantly reduce pollution in the surrounding area over time, the immediate area around the dump will always be moderately polluted.

When set to 'Import Garbage', the dump becomes profitable and has no downside or impact on its ability to handle local garbage. The Garbage Dump this way can pay for itself in fewer than three years.


  • High-Temperature Burner: For $2,000, the dump's incinerator can be made much hotter, allowing it to burn cleaner. This reduces the amount of pollution caused by the garbage dump itself.
  • Garbage Compactor: For $3,000 and 5 MW of power, the dump can be fitted with a compactor, allowing it to fit more trash. This reduces pollution in the surrounding area even more.

Work Modes

  • Local Garbage: By default, the garbage dump simply serves as a place to store the island's trash.
  • Imported Garbage: The dump imports garbage from off the island. This earns the island $200 per month but upsets relations with the Environmentalists. However, relations with the Environmentalists do not drop while using this work mode, most likely due to a bug.
  • Recycling: The dump works to reuse and recycle as much of the garbage it collects as possible. This increases the monthly upkeep to $150 but provides a relationship boost with the Environmentalists.


Sunny Flowers: How could they?! I cannot believe that El Presidente has built a dump over my favorite meadow! So many natural treasures lost forever. Twenty-five different plant types, twelve different reptile species, and... one... cute... bunny. My dear Snuggles. You will be missed.

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