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Gordon: "So are you in, big guy, or are we gonna have to kill you?"
Niko: "Well, since you put it that way...I'm in."
Gordon Sargent asks Niko Bellic if he's joining the heist crew

Waste Not Want Knots is a mission in Grand Theft Auto IV given to the protagonist Niko Bellic by Patrick McReary from his house in Meadows Park, Dukes, Liberty City.

Mission objectives

  • Pick up Packie and the others
  • Drive to the waste depot
  • Get inside the depot and get the cash
  • Get the cash from the office
  • Meet up with Packie outside of the depot
  • Escape from the depot with Packie
  • Swim out and get in the boat
  • Get Packie back to safety



Find a four seat car and pick up Packie and the others to the warehouse, there will usually be a Schafter at the side of the house for you to use. During the drive, Packie reveals to Niko the full plan, which is robbing an Ancelotti Family operation: they are going to run in the front of the warehouse, wipe out anyone in their way, take the money, then run out back where a boat will be waiting for them near the docks on recommendation of Ray Boccino.

First Shootout: Junkyard

When you arrive at the warehouse, follow Packie and the guys over two fences to a small junkyard. There will be several goons hanging around outside, so after you jump the second fence, pull out your weapon and start firing. Stay ahead of your allies and kill everyone outside. Make sure to protect Packie and the others.

Packie tends to rush into battle and therefore gets killed fairly quickly. You should keep an eye on him and try to take out your enemies quickly to prevent this from happening or try to get Michael, whom has an Assault Rifle, to go along with Packie.

Second Shootout: Warehouse

When you reach the warehouse door on the side facing the street, run in and grab some cover on that low wall right next to the door. Kill everyone inside the warehouse. Then run up the stairs, across the catwalk to the overhead office to grab the bag of cash. Beware you should "kill" that three guys above the ground floor (the office & the catwalk) because they're immune to NPC attack (Packie, Michael, Gordon, even Dwayne's backups), immune to killed by falling, and immune to killed by Niko's trample.

Third Shootout: Third party attacks & the escape

But now, some Italian mobsters, who are also planning on stealing the money, come into the warehouse and start firing at Packie and his group. Kill the mobsters that you can see and head down the stairs. Packie will tell Niko to follow him to a boat waiting on the river to get away in. Ignore any mobsters after this point and run, Gordon and Michael will stay behind to take care of them.

After Niko steals the money and the Italian mobsters come in, it is better to run away from them and out the back rather than trying to fight them all, as there is almost no cover and the mobsters infinitely spawn.

Run out the warehouse and follow Packie to the docks. You'll have to swim to the boat. Once you and Packie are in the boat, head to the yellow marker. Once you're there, the mission is passed.


  • After the mission, Packie will call Niko and ask if he can take his sister Kate out on a date. Packie will also text Niko and tell him to wear a suit for the next mission.
  • Ray will call Niko after this mission, unlocking his missions.

Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Mission 37 - Waste Not Want Knots (1080p)09:26

GTA 4 - Mission 37 - Waste Not Want Knots (1080p)


  • Michael refers to the Gambetti Family as "Gambinos"; the Gambetti Family is based on real life Gambino Family.
  • As long as Packie is in the boat with Niko when he escapes, the mission will be a success; the other two associates do not need to be in the boat. The mission will still fail if Niko is inside the warehouse and they die, but once Niko leaves the warehouse to the boat, it does not matter if they live or die.
  • Packie uses a Pistol during this mission, while Michael uses an Assault Rifle and Gordon uses a Pump Shotgun. Strangely, during the cutscene, Gordon is left-handed (as seen in the picture) however during the main part of the mission, he is right-handed. No NPC in the game is seen as left-handed so this mistake is most likely due to limitations.
  • This mission could be a reference to the television show The Sopranos, in which the main character, Tony Soprano, is involved in garbage disposal (among other businesses), and his self-described job title is "waste management".
  • In some lines of dialogue, Packie tells Michael Keane to save his money, while Gordon comments "You shouldn't save too much, Michael. You'll never know. You might get hit by a bus tomorrow...". This could be a reference to his death in the next mission.
  • When Niko and Packie swim out to the boat to escape, Packie asks Niko if he can drive a boat, implying that he can't. However, when they reach the dock, Packie switches places with Niko and drives the boat away easily.
  • There is a mission in Saints Row 2 called "Waste Not Want Not", however it is completely different to this mission.
  • If the player gains a one-star wanted level, the police will shoot at Niko as if it were a two-star wanted level.
  • Packie and Gordon tend to complain and yell if Niko gets into a police chase or flips the car.
  • The police will shoot the closest character (Michael, Gordon, Packie, or Niko).
  • Michael is the only one person in this mission that doesn't complain or yell.
  • The assault rifle Packie gives to Michael in the beginning cutscene is most likely the same rifle Packie used himself in the last mission, seen that he mentions "one previous owner, safely driven" and uses only a pistol himself in the mission.
  • The player cannot get into the building to get the cash until he kills the enemies outside first.
  • The player cannot use the back entrance to get the cash as it locked. The player will be able to use the back entrance after the player gets the cash.


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