SimCity 5 (2013) Tips And Tricks: Recycling Gives Money, But Can Also Drain Your Treasury
Maxis is really playing “beyond mayorship” strategy with its SimCity 5 game.
Article by: Raphael Labuguen – Maxis needs a lot of “tweaking” with the new SimCity 5 (2013), in fact, some of its elements confuse virtual city mayors out there, including me.
While playing my Tourism City, I discovered the advantage (and disadvantage) of building the recycling center, the modern building available on the waste disposal section of the city tool.
Here’s the fact, recycling center on SimCity 5 is far from reality. In real life, recycling center on a city promotes cleanliness thus saving cash because regular dump sites are costlier and occupies larger space. In SimCity 5, the Recycling Center is larger and more expensive to build, maintain and operate.
The Recycling Center costs (simoleons) $111,000 and it requires $700 every hour for its maintenance fee. First, let’s talk about its advantage, building the recycling center will minimize overall garbage output of your city, but as a pre-requisite, your sims must be educated enough to recycle, so it is safe to say that the recycling center on SimCity 5 requires the grade school and possibly a library for your older sims too.
Adding modules on your Recycling Center would increase the maintenance fee of the building — $400 on every reclamation line (alloy, plastic and metal), $100 for every reclamation delivery truck garage and $100 for every collection truck that can collect recyclable materials from your Sims and your city’s establishments. The recycling center on my city charges $2,500 on every tick.
Secondly, your recycling center requires a trade depot because the recycling center produces up to three raw materials, metal, allow and plastic. These items are tradable and your city will earn on every crate/tons shipped to global market or other cities. Trade Depot costs $10,000 and has a $75 per hour charge for the maintenance.
If your city produces $2,000 to $2,500 every hour (money coming from taxes), then you should skip the recycling center despite its advantages because it will put you on the negative tick per hour.
However, some of my cities support a recycling center and earn a lot despite having negative tick per hour. One of my cities (see the second photo attached in this post), with negative $11,000 per tick, earn money from the recycling center, in addition to its ore business so its treasury is booming with cash in hand.
So keep in mind that before building the recycling center, your city must have spare cash in hand and other forms of businesses are available like an ore mine or coal mine, or earns thousands of dollars from tourism or casinos. See more tips on our SimCity 5 (2013) page.
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