Trash

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Trash is a category of items in Stardew Valley. With the exception of the Rotten Plant, these items have a chance to be collected when fishing, from Crab Pots, or from Garbage Cans. Trash is the less favorable alternative when fishing, as fish are worth more to sell and have far more uses. However, trash items (other than Joja Cola and the Rotten Plant) can be used in a Recycling Machine to create more useful materials.

A random trash item is caught while fishing, after failing skill checks to get a bite ("hit") from every type of fish and other catchables currently available at a location. More types of fish currently available at a location generally results in a greater chance of a bite, which results in a decreased chance of catching trash. Trash is therefore much more common when fishing in locations with few types of fish and rarer fish, such as The Mines, and trash is the only possible result when fishing in the Farm Pond (except on a Riverland Farm).

The likelihood of catching trash at most locations will also decrease substantially as fishing skill increases. At a skill level of 10, trash frequency can decrease by over 20 percentage points if few types of fish are present, and trash frequency approaches 0% when at least 5 types of fish (including algae and seaweed) are present.[1]

Catching Trash with a fishing pole grants 3 Fishing XP. Harvesting Trash from a Crab Pot grants 5 Fishing XP. In the fishing minigame at the Stardew Valley Fair, trash items are worth a single point.

Types

Image Name Description Produced from Recycling
Trash (item).png
Trash It's junk. Stone.png Stone (1-3)  39%
Coal.png Coal (1-3)  30%
Iron Ore.png Iron Ore (1-3)  21%
Driftwood.png
Driftwood A piece of wood from the sea. Wood.png Wood (1-3)  75%
Coal.png Coal (1-3)  25%
Soggy Newspaper.png
Soggy Newspaper This is trash. Torch.png Torch (3)  90%
Cloth.png Cloth (1)  10%
Broken CD.png
Broken CD It's a JojaNet 2.0 trial CD. They must've made a billion of these things. Refined Quartz.png Refined Quartz (1)
Broken Glasses.png
Broken Glasses It looks like someone lost their glasses. They're busted. Refined Quartz.png Refined Quartz (1)
Joja Cola.png
Joja Cola The flagship product of Joja corporation. Cannot be recycled.
Rotten Plant.png
Rotten Plant Decomposing organic material. It's slimy and unpleasant. Cannot be recycled.

Locations

At the Mountain Lake, trash is most likely to be caught after 7pm during spring, summer, and non-raining fall evenings. With a fishing skill level of 0, hit rates for trash during these times will be around 14%. The least trash will be caught during winter and summer days before 7pm, with a hit rate of 2-5%. Spring and fall days fall in the middle, with a trash hit rate of 5-8%.[1]

The pond in the Secret Woods usually produces trash for 44% of casts at skill level 0, though this drops to 26% on rainy days before midnight due to the presence of catfish. At skill level 10, the trash hit rate is usually 21%, dropping to 8% on rainy days.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 See "Spawn rate" on the Modding fish data page.