Brio Light & Sound Garbage Truck Review


Our home is full of car lovers. It’s something that both kids seem to have inherited from their dad, and it’s meant that our house is full of cars, trains, and other vehicles.

There’s one toy in particular that they’ve been loving this month though – the Brio Light & Sound Garbage Truck. Read on to find out why they like it so much and why I think it’s a lovely gift idea for toddlers. ♻️


Brio Light & Sound Garbage Truck

The Light & Sound Garbage Truck is part of Brio’s My Home Town collection, a range designed to help kids to explore different careers through play.

This is such a lovely idea, and is a great conversation starter for introducing the toys to play time. Both Ottilie (2 1/2) and Oscar (5) love cars and vehicles, so we’ve talked about different ways their love for cars can feature in their future.

With this set you receive the garbage truck (with light and sound), a driver, and two pieces of recycling/waste. Batteries for the light and sound feature come pre-installed, so no need to add any to your shopping basket.

Like all of Brio’s wooden toys, this set is made from responsibly sourced wood and is of the high level of quality, design, and imagination that we’ve come to know and love about the brand.


Learning about recycling

As a parent, I like that not only is the Light & Sound Garbage Truck a fun toy for the kids to enjoy but it can also be used as an introduction to talking about an important issue – recycling and reuse.

We recycle a lot of materials at home, and the kids are always interested in why we separate out our cardboard, glass, and plastic, and the journey of how it goes into the recycling boxes to be taken away by the recycling lorry every week. Their new toy means that they can introduce an element of this through role playing and imaginative play in their own small world play and games.


Lights and sounds

Perfect for curious little minds who love anything that moves, flashes, or makes noise, the Light & Sound Garbage Truck comes with a built-in light and sound feature.

The light and sound is simple to activate with a gentle push of the red button, which makes it easy for toddlers to understand and enjoy. There’s one sound, designed to mimic what you’d expect from a garbage truck or recycling truck.

Ottilie loves to drive the truck around and press the button to activate the light and sound, often repeatedly, but it has the balance on loudness and enjoy-ability just right – which is always a bonus as a parent or carer.


Endless play possibilities

We’ve had a lot of fun playing with the Light & Sound Garbage Truck as part of this review. Both kids (aged 2 1/2 and 5) enjoy playing with it in different ways – driving the truck around, role playing about recycling, and small world play.

As a toddler, Ottilie’s around the right age to enjoy this toy and make the most of it. She can practice shape sorting by loading the recycling into the truck in the right spaces, press the button to activate the light and sound, and enjoy imaginative play. Like most kids, ours love to play with lots of different toys at the same time, so they’ve also been loading smaller toys and even small cars into the back of the garbage truck too.

I like that you can collect other toys in the range (especially that there’s more vehicles!) and think this would make a lovely start to a collection for a toddler who enjoys cars, and for parents or carers who like to gift quality wooden toys that last.


Where to buy

The Light & Sound Garbage Truck can be bought directly from the, and it’s also available at

The truck is part of Brio’s My Home Town range, where you’ll also find emergency services vehicles, cars, and farm toys to collect. The range is a great introduction to Brio’s wooden toy collections and would make a lovely gift for toddlers aged 18m+.


If you like the idea of this toy, you might also be interested in the My First Railway set by Brio that I featured in my toddler gift guide.


We received this Brio Light & Sound Garbage Truck as a PR sample for the purpose of this review. 

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