How to PlayAfter you have a good idea of how Dumptown looks at its worst, click on City Hall to get to your Control Center. That’s where you can see which programs are available.
The Control Center
The Control Center helps you keep track of which programs you’ve started. At a glance, you see how much waste and what kind of waste is in Dumptown’s waste stream. It also shows you how much waste has been kept out of the landfill and how much the town is spending to achieve these results.
ProgramsTo find out about the programs that will help you manage Dumptown’s waste, you can click on one of the pictures, or icons, inside the Programs box. Clicking a program icon will give you information about what the program does and how much it costs to start using it. If you decide to use the program, a check mark appears on the picture to remind you that you’re using the program to clean up the town.
This box lets you keep track of how many tons of each kind of material are going into the landfill. (Paper and cardboard make up the biggest part of any waste stream, so you know you’ll need to start some programs that involve paper recycling.)
When you begin, the waste measurements will be completely red. That tells you that everything is going into the trash. Nothing is being reused, recycled, or reduced. As you try out the programs, the red inside the bars will go down, showing you how much less of each kind of waste is going into the landfill.
On the right side of the Control Center screen, there’s another box. At the top, you can see how many tons of waste your programs have recovered. Below it are two bars. They show the total amount of waste going to landfill and how much it is costing to run the programs you’ve chosen.
The bar marked Overall Waste shows how much of the total waste stream has been reduced, reused, or recycled by the programs you have chosen. (Not all waste can be recovered. So, even when you are using all the programs in this game, some waste will still be going into the landfill, as you can see. But you will have done all you can in this game to reuse and recycle as many materials as possible and make the city’s waste stream much smaller.)
The Total Cost bar shows how much you’re spending, and it shows the maximum amount you can spend in the game. (After trying all of the programs, you might find that you still haven’t spent all the money and still haven’t reached the top of the bar. That’s because some programs actually SAVE MONEY, and help reduce the total cost of your waste reduction programs.) Remember, you may not want to spend all of your money!
Exploring the Programs
Clicking on a program icon, such as the Reuse Center, takes you to a screen that tells you about it. You can choose one of the folders to read a description of the program to find out what it does, investigate the hard facts, and sometimes, read a short case study that tells you how the program was used successfully in another city or town.
At the top of the screen, you’ll see how much the program will cost. For some, the cost is negative (-). That means the program will actually SAVE you money and will REDUCE the total amount of money you are spending.
On the right, you can see icons showing the different types of materials that will be reduced, reused, or recycled because of the program. Sometimes the program only manages one kind of waste, so you’ll only see one picture. Other programs manage many different materials. Below each icon, you’ll see how many tons will be saved by using the program.
One program, Home Recycling Pickup, is different from the others. It lets you start a curbside recycling program for Dumptown homes that picks up basic recyclables, such as paper and glass. Then, by clicking the special green folder, you can upgrade the program to increase the kinds of materials that can be picked up and recycled through your Home Recycling program.
Trying the Programs
It’s simple to try out the programs. When you decide to use one, just click the Try This Program box at the bottom of the screen. Then click Done. If you don’t want to try the program, just click Done. (You can change your mind and stop using a program at any time by returning to the program’s screen and clicking the checkbox again.)
As soon as you make your choice, the town will reappear. Watch carefully. There are all sorts of changes that take place. Some of them are subtle, and some are major (like whole new buildings that appear). Eventually, Dumptown will look better and better and begin to look more like Recycle City.
To add another program, just click on City Hall to get back to the Control Center.
Whenever you want to stop playing, click Quit Game.
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