A Trashmaster in GTA III.
A Trashmaster in GTA III.
(Rear quarter view)
A Trashmaster in GTA III.
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Vehicle type Public service
Body style 2-door garbage truck
Capacity 2 (driver and 1 passenger)

The Trashmaster is a recurring garbage truck. It succeeds the Garbage Truck from Grand Theft Auto 2, the first garbage truck to be featured in the series.


As with most other utility/industrial vehicles in the Grand Theft Auto series, the Trashmaster has no functional purpose, with the exception of GTA Liberty City Stories; it has a side mission entitled "Trash Dash", where the player must drive a Trashmaster around the city, picking up garbage in a Taxi mission style way.

It is one of the slowest and least maneuverable vehicles in the series, and in GTA III, it has the lowest point value when destroyed, 10; the Trashmaster in GTA San Andreas however is notably faster and emits a different engine noise compared to the other GTA III era games. Despite its shortfalls, the Trashmaster tends to be one of the heaviest and most durable trucks available in the game. In GTA IV, its top speed reaches 71 mph (115 km/h).

In GTA IV, the Trashmaster's trash crusher can also be operated by tapping the handbrake button. This comes into play during the mission "Taking in the Trash"; the men the player is working with will only throw targeted trash bags containing diamonds into the truck when the crusher is open. However, the player is not told the control for operating the crusher.


Throughout the games, its appearance has remained mostly the same, with the exception of the front cab, which switches around from flat cab-over design to a standard cab in-between the games.

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Trashmaster resembles a Mack MR. In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, and GTA Vice City Stories it has a cab similar to the Yankee, but the grille is slightly altered, GTA San Andreas's version also has different headlights, added turning signals, bears Sanitary Andreas logos.

The GTA IV rendition is the most realistic yet, with two LSD workers hanging on the back (who will run away if the vehicle is carjacked), as well as various other details. It closely resembles a DSNY (Department of Sanitation New York) Mack LE Refuse Collection Truck but the front is slightly altered. The vehicle is usually only seen driving around in the overnight hours.

The GTA V rendition is vastly unaltered from GTA IV, except for the taillights that now have a different shape.


  • A GTA III style Trashmaster appears in Rockstar North's Manhunt 2.
  • The GTA Liberty City Stories rendition of the truck is unusual in that its door will not be closed when the player exits the truck on a flat surface; the player must disembarked onto a surface more elevated than that where the truck is in order to close the door. This peculiarity is also seen on other vehicles with high driver compartments, such as the Dumper in GTA San Andreas.
  • The Trashmaster plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Trashmaster is the name of a feature-length machinima by French director Mathieu Weschler created entirely using gameplay footage from GTA IV.
  • The EA game Burnout CRASH! contains a controllable trash truck, named the Trashmaster.


The Trashmaster is commonly found driving in the industrial sections of each city, while the Trashmaster in GTA IV only spawns in the early hours of the morning.

GTA Vice City
  • Frequently spawns in Vice Port.
  • Parked in the junk yard in Little Haiti.
  • The Trashmaster in GTA Vice City can be spawned by inputting cheats.
PS2: CircleR1CircleR1D-Pad LeftD-Pad LeftR1L1CircleD-Pad Right
PC: rubbishcar
Xbox: BRight TriggerBRight TriggerD-Pad LeftD-Pad LeftRight TriggerLeft TriggerBD-Pad Right
GTA San Andreas
  • Rarely spawns in Ocean Docks.
  • The Trashmaster in GTA San Andreas can be spawned by inputting cheats.
PS2: CircleR1CircleR1D-Pad LeftleftR1L1CircleD-Pad Right
PC: ubhyzhq/truegrime, this is also an easter egg, mocking True Crime, a GTA clone series.
Xbox: BRight TriggerBRight TriggerD-Pad LeftD-Pad LeftRight TriggerLeft TriggerBD-Pad Right
GTA Liberty City Stories
PSP: TriangleCircleD-Pad DownTriangleCircleD-Pad UpL1L1
PS2: TriangleCircleD-Pad DownTriangleCircleD-Pad UpL1L1
GTA Vice City Stories
  • Parked in the junkyard in Little Haiti
  • Occasionally spawns in Viceport.
  • The Trashmaster in GTA Vice City Stories can be spawned by inputting cheats.
PSP: D-Pad DownD-Pad UpD-Pad RightTriangleL1TriangleL1Triangle
PS2: D-Pad DownD-Pad UpD-Pad RightTriangleL1TriangleL1Triangle
  • Plenty spawn parked in a depot also near Pier 45 in Fishmarket South..
  • Spawns in the early hours of the morning driving around the city.