“Just leave the garbage outside and we will take care of it for you”. This is the panacea promised by garbage collection mechanisms built into most software stacks available today. So, we don’t need to think about it anymore, right? Wrong! When misused, garbage collectors can fail miserably. When this happens they slow down your application and lead to unacceptable pauses. In this talk we will go over different garbage collectors approaches in different software runtimes and what are the conditions which enable them to function well.