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Type Tool
First Found Operations Deck
Researchable No
Stackable No
Recycleable No
Transmutative No
Duplicative No
Summon Code recycler

The Recycler is a small gray box with an intake chamber on one end and a nanite dispenser on the other. It allows the player to transform unwanted items into Nanites.

The player may "recycle" just about anything by dragging and dropping the item onto the recycler in their inventory.  Ammunition, food, healing items, and even implants can be recycled.  It does the exact opposite of a Replicator - it breaks the item down into nanites, rather than converting nanites into items.

When you recycle, it recycles a whole stack (everything in a single inventory slot) at once. Be very careful not to drop your recycler onto a large stack of valuable items, such as Medical Kits.

Early incidents in which recyclers were used for disposal of bodies led to quick restrictions on what sort of items the recycler will accept.

Nanite yield per 1 item
Item type Nanite yield
Hypos 2
Standard weapons ammunition 1
Grenades 2
Prisms 1
Worm clusters 3
Medical kit 2
Disposable Maintenance Tool 2
Portable Battery 2
Implants 10
Junk items, magazines 1
Foods, drinks and cigarettes 1
Piano 1


  • Get one ASAP for your convenience. The replicator on the Operations Deck in Barracks can be hacked to get one the earliest in the game.
  • If you're a PSI user you can rely on Tier Four's Molecular Transmutation, however it still needs PSI points, and while giving more nanites for some items, gives less for others. The Recycler is permanent and not expensive to acquire, so it's recommended to get it either way.
  • It is basically the "item seller" of the game. Those "useless" items lying around the ship, like plants, smokes, magazines and mugs, aren't useless anymore once you get the recycler device.
  • Use it to bolster your nanite supply for a quick purchase of something more useful, like healing supplies.
  • Since hacking is partially a game of chance, you can use the recycler to counter the cost of multiple failed hacks.
  • The amount of nanites received is generally quite small, and does not appear to mimic the cost-to-value ratio as perceived by the Value-Rep kiosks.  You'll have to do a lot of recycling to get decent numbers, so use items which are common and serve no purpose for you.
  • Food items provide only a marginal boost to HP, especially later in the game. If you are comfortable without the bonus HP, recycle them (and buy a hypo or medkit instead).
  • Recycle ammunition for weapons you do not intend to use.
  • It is possible to recycle alien Implants that are not yet Researched.