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"I always keep weapons hidden in dumpsters all over the city for emergencies just like this."
Ling Shan
Trash-O Dumpster (GTA SA)

A Trash-O dumpster in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Dumpsters are large containers used for storing and transporting waste and garbage.

Appearing in almost all Grand Theft Auto games as props, only in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars do they have any intended use.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Dumpsters are the central gameplay element of the Trash Dash side mission, which involves driving a Trashmaster garbage truck around Liberty City, collecting dark green dumpsters, and dropping off its contents at the Harwood Autocrusher and Junkyard in Portland once the truck is full.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Dumpsters have become a common gameplay element in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars by allowing the player to search it for items deemed useful, in other words, conduct dumpster diving.

Introduced in the mission Under the Gun, the player is granted the ability to search both green and red dumpsters all over Liberty City. Green dumpsters contain an odd assortment of items while red dumpsters contain weapons hidden by the Triads for emergencies.

By approaching a dumpster and accepting the prompt to search it, a minigame will start wherein the player removes garbage bags from the dumpster until the item is revealed. Once done, the dumpster will remain open and empty for a certain amount of time until it is filled again. Cockroaches often emerge and the player can squish these if desired, with how many recorded in the player's stats.

An exclusive red dumpster is featured in the mission By Myriads of Swords, appearing behind Hsin Jaoming's penthouse where a Sword is collected from.

Green Dumpsters

Green dumpsters will contain one of the following:

GreenDumpster-GTACW
  • $10 Note: Gives the player $10
  • Boot: Does nothing
  • Burger: Heals the player to full health
  • Condom: Does nothing
  • Dildo: Does nothing
  • Drugs: Gives the player a small amount of drugs to keep or sell
  • Fish: Does nothing
  • Hotdog: Heals the player to full health
  • Moldy Burger: Does nothing
  • Moldy Hotdog: Does nothing

Red Dumpsters

Red dumpsters will contain one of the following:

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