Should I Spend Donuts on Little Lisa’s Recycling Plant?

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

The Monorail has finally arrived.  Yes, the Monorail is now in Springfield….as well as a whole lotta garbage.  What better way to eliminate the garbage, than with a recycling center?  Now I know you may be trying to decide if this is worth YOUR donuts, but don’t sweat it!  We’re here to tell you what’s worth the donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add Little Lisa’s Recycling Plant to YOUR Garbage Clearing Fleet?  Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pros and cons of adding this vegan to YOUR Springfield!

Building: Little Lisa’s Recycling Plant
Donut Price:
200 Donuts
350ico_mono15_blueprints_lg, 15xp/4hrs
Conform-O-Meter Impact: Consumerism +10
Placement: Required to be placed on Grass, Beach and Ocean.  You’ll need 8×3 of Grass open by 8×3 of beach, and the rest will carry over into the ocean.  Make sure you have nothing in the ocean, on the beach or on the grass blocking it from being placed.
It will look like this when properly placed:
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-Constantly animated
-Earns a bunch of blueprints every 4hrs.  (350/4hrs) So if you go into your town and clear it every 4hrs, 4 times/day you’ll earn an additional 1400 blueprints/day.

-Insanely expensive.  200 Donuts is a LOT to pay for this building.
-No character interaction/questline with this building.

Final Thought:
Premium Take:
Personally, I think this is way to expensive even as a premium player.  While it looks cool and earns a ton of Blueprints, I just don’t think the donut cost is worth it.  In order to make it worth your money you’ll need to log into your game at least 4 times/day.  If you’re doing that you should be able to earn more than enough blueprints the other ways…(math post here).  I just don’t think it’s worth it or necessary…

Freemium Take:
Stay away…stay far far away from this one.  It’s a giant donut suck and just isn’t worth it.  If you play your game diligently enough (which you’ll have to do to make this purchase worth it anyway), you’ll earn plenty of blueprints to unlock all of the prizes and earn some extra tracks.  So freemium players, pass on this one.

Of course in the end it’s your decision, we can only tell you what we would/wouldn’t do…and I can tell you as a premium player I’m passing on this one.  Just not worth it to me.   However, this IS a limited-time item.  So if you’re thinking about getting it make sure you make your final decision before it leaves our games.  (and if you are thinking about getting it, the sooner the better)

What are your thoughts on Little Lisa’s Recycling Plant?  Will you be spending the donuts to bring it to your Springfield (or did you already)? Did you have issues with the placement?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you! 

110 responses to “Should I Spend Donuts on Little Lisa’s Recycling Plant?

  1. I finally go it through the yearbook and found it was basically ok but doesn’t really do as much as I would expect. I keep doing the monorail quest line for donuts and it does help but you only get 450 blueprints every 4 hours if you tap on it. I can often generate just as much my doing the recycling.

  2. Got it in a 30 donut mystery box! So I’m laughing — plus “it sweeps the sea clean”! The really should have made a questline for it though, something involving Lisa would be hilarious!

    • So if your monorail is finished, and you have plenty of track left over for “just in case”, the blueprints are worth nothing? I finally got the donut factory but there’s really not all that many buildings left that require donuts. I got that in a 30 donut mystery box just like Peter.

      • You will still earn donuts from collecting track through Little Lisa.

        Donuts are useful for things beyond just buying buildings…for example, sometimes it can be helpful to be able to rush a task someone is on, if you need them for something else. (Plus, during an event, if I’m only a few event currency thingies away from getting to the next prize, I’ll sometimes spend donuts to rush a couple of characters to get the few remaining, rather than have to wait another four hours and make sure I don’t accidentally send the other event currency earning characters on a longer task, so they’ll be available for the next stage of the act.)

        Also, donuts can be good for picking up event-related items, whether new (like the green fencing in this event) or more of some one might already have (additional “crowds,” decorations, etc. (Since I’m awash in donuts these days, I stocked up on a bunch of things that I might be happy to have more of sometime down the line.)

  3. FYI, this now generates 450 blue prints every 4 hours.

  4. The characters used in generating blueprints are central to the whole game. During events these ‘base’ characters tend to be used for event tasks – which is a big hit on blueprint production.

    If you’re logging in every four hours anyway on event tasks the recycling plant suddenly makes a lot more sense.

  5. Is the new update to the monorail permanent? By which I mean the prizes reset when you finish, not just every week. If this is a permanent change, this will pay for itself eventually. You could get the five donuts ever 3 days or so rather than just every week. (If you are still sending characters on recycling tasks, of course)

    • Just to clarify my thinking here…I view the blueprints as a means for getting donuts: 25,000 blueprints = 5 donuts. With the old system, I got 5 donuts every week from the recycling yard, regardless of how fast I earned my 25,000 blueprints. I never didn’t get my 5 donuts per week (literally not once, not even back when it was 75,000 blueprints per week. It’s super easy to get there with recycling tasks). So buying this plant was completely unnecessary, a total waste of donuts. But if this recent update is permanent, you’re not restricted to 5 donuts per week. You just get 5 donuts every 25,000 blueprints. So I could now get 10 or even 15 donuts per week from the recycling yard. Now that it’s about speed, the extra blueprints will actually help, and the recycling plant will pay for itself after 30 weeks or so.

      Is my logic on this strait? And is the update to the recycling yard permanent? If so, I’ll definitely go for the recycling plant now. (sorry for the long, rambling post)

      • I wondered the same thing but my math comes out different. If you earn 1,400 blueprints a day as it says above, it takes 18 days to earn 25,000 for 5 donuts. You have to do this 40 times to pay off the 200 donuts you spent which would take 720 days. The game is now claiming 450 blueprints per 4 hours which only takes it down to 555 days. Still a hard pass for me. Would have to be a big discount to be worth it.

    • I easily get 5 donuts a day w/o this. I am currently farming donuts at the rate of 25-30 per day so it’ll be paid off in a week or less accounting for other sources of donuts(finding Maggie, visiting neighbors and daily challenges). I might just pick it up because it looks cool.

  6. I’m stuck a little bit with recycling while every collecting (freemium) character is busy doing Homerpalooza. I really do consider the plant though the Lotto&Liquor and even Jesse Grass would be a wiser choice… the Hippie is already mine. And Uter 😀

  7. I bought the little Lisa recycling plant and boy did I have problems placing it.

  8. Now that this is being used for a second event (spy), I’m starting to reconsider its value for (potential) future events. Anyone else thinking the same?

    • How is it used for the spy event? I’ve been debating getting it but can’t find info on what it does post-monorail event. Does it contribute to the weekly recycling that yields track pieces and donuts? Or just cash and xp?

      • It claims to pay 450 crafting currency every 4 hours, but it hasn’t given me any so far. I double checked, and the icon is the current crafting currency, but when I talked on it, it didn’t give me any.

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