- “Buzz: "Where are we now?"
Rex: "In a garbage truck on the way to the dump!"”
- “Buzz and Rex, while inside a garbage truck en route to the landfill”
The Tri-County Landfill is where Lotso and Andy's toys are taken to after a garbage truck in which they are trapped in dumps them onto the earth, along with the rest of the garbage collected from Sunnyside Daycare and other places in the 2010 Disney/Pixar animated film, Toy Story 3.
The name of the landfill is written on an overhead sign that the garbage truck drives under on its final approach.
Places of interest
This is where garbage trucks, property of Tri-County Sanitation, dump garbage from Tri-County Area. Lotso, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the other toys get dumped here. Bulldozers plow garbage onto a conveyor belt that leads to the following locations below.
The shredders crush large objects into small chunks. There is a magnetic ceiling that pulls metal objects from a bottom conveyor belt full of garbage. To avoid the shredders, the toys must grab metal objects that pull them to the magnetic ceiling.
This is where garbage, cascading down an enormous bowl, is burned to ashes by an incinerator at the very center of the bowl. Woody, Buzz, and the other toys end up here as a result of Lotso's betrayal and face certain, inevitable death until they are rescued by the Aliens operating a giant claw.
Outside the furnace
The claw carries the toys here and they, after rejoining with the Aliens, hitch a ride home via Sid's garbage truck. It is also where Lotso is found and picked up by a garbage man who had once had another one like him when he was a kid.
- The incinerator scene is easily one of the darkest scenes ever made in any Pixar film.
- In an eerie coincidence, the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode "Stranger Invasion" has Emperor Zurg requesting incinerators instead of a standard garbage smasher in a new base, as they would be far more difficult to escape from.
- In Toy Story 2, when the toys defeat Stinky Pete, he warned them they would all be "ruined, forgotten, spending eternity, rotting in some landfill", and he was right.
- After Woody reunites with Bo Peep in Toy Story 4, he mentioned the incinerator scene in the third film to her in the Disney+ short film, Lamp Life.
- A plastic container from Pizza Planet can be seen in the landfill.
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