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RimWorld Toxic Wastepack: What to Do with Wastepacks

RimWorld's toxic wastepacks are a major drawback to mechanitor technology.
RimWorld's toxic wastepacks are a major drawback to mechanitor technology. / Ludeon Studios

Toxic wastepacks arrived in RimWorld in the game's Biotech update Friday. These nasty little items can be annoying space-sucks at best and deadly pollutants at worst. They're mostly created when players embrace mechanitor technology, and though that technology is powerful, it's important to keep the pollution it creates in check. Here's are a few strategies to try out for managing wastepacks.

RimWorld Toxic Wastepack: What to Do with Wastepacks

There are a few tactics to use when it comes to wastepacks. The simplest is to let the wastepacks lie and embrace the pollution. After all, polluted terrain is hardly useless — it develops its own ecosystem of flora and fauna that, although tricky, can be immensely useful.

If you're not looking to upset your ecosystem, you can try freezing your wastepacks. As long as they aren't damaged or ignited, they won't leak toxins into your environment.

For a slightly cheekier solution, you can use caravans or transport pods to export your wastepacks out into the world, making them someone else's problem. If you're feeling particularly hateful, you can even drop them in or around enemy bases.

Heavily polluted maps will naturally spawn polux trees that slowly purify the land around them. Unfortunately, getting a polux tree is essentially a crapshoot — the trees can't be replanted because of their delicate root networks.

Finally, you can use expensive wastepack atomizers to eliminate them altogether, but you may find this route too precious to implement in practice.

For more on pollution, check out our guide here.