Waste Quotes

Waste Quotes

As the human population and overconsumption grow, the waste we produce becomes harder to get rid of. With adequate waste management, we tend to think that waste does not affect us. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not so much anymore.

The problem with our waste is a lot harder to ignore now. We have everyday factors such as illegal dumpsites and clogged drainage systems to remind us. In some regions around the world, communities are being encroached by landfills. People live in close proximity to waste dumps with no foreseeable change.

On a grander scale, we have issues such as ocean pollution, global warming, air pollution, and environmental degradation. All the issues mentioned have negative consequences on the quality of life; not just for humans, but unknowing plants and animals.

It is evident that we need to inform ourselves about the effects of excess waste production and improper waste management. Many influential individuals and activists are lending their voices to raise awareness of waste recycling. From powerful speeches and conversations across the globe, here are 34 relevant waste quotes we should all remember.

34 Waste Quotes to Inspire Action

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Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest.
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Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest."

- Bea Johson

Named “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” by the New York Times, Bea Johnson has some wise words to offer regarding the importance of waste recycling. In Bea’s book, ‘Zero Waste Home’ (amazon), she reiterates that successful waste recycling is not about using many items and recycling them all. Instead, it’s about making conscious purchases and having less to recycle.

"I don't want to be an apologist for poverty, but I can't stand waste, useless spending, wasted energy and having to live squandering stuff."  - Jose Mujica #trvst #quotes #waste #energy #poverty #endpoverty #changeahabit #makeadifference #bethechange #loveourplanet #weareallone #planetearthfirst
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I don't want to be an apologist for poverty, but I can't stand waste, useless spending, wasted energy and having to live squandering stuff.

- Jose Mujica


We once knew Jose Mujica as “the world’s poorest president”. As the president of Uruguay, he lived on his wife’s ramshackle farm and gave away most of his income. In many of his speeches, Mujica has spoken on the importance of being happy with less.

Overconsumption is one of the reasons for waste problems, and recycling should be our last step to fix it. First, we should learn to find contentment in the primary things of life.

"I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said 'Happy Birthday' on it. I didn't want to waste it so I just wrote 'Jesus' on it."  - Demetri Martin #trvst #quotes #waste #happy #ecofriendly #planetearthfirst #environment #impact #plantbased #thinkgreen #betterfortheplanet #changetheworld
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I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said 'Happy Birthday' on it. I didn't want to waste it so I just wrote 'Jesus' on it.

- Demetri Martin


While Demetri may be a comedian, this waste quote from him holds some serious advice. Recycling starts at home. There are so many ways we can repurpose items within the home or workspace before sending them off to the bin.

Get creative with your waste items and find new uses for them. Before purchasing something, consider how you can extend its potential lifecycle.

"I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use."  - Mother Teresa #trvst #quotes #waste #sustainableliving #socialimpact #waronwaste #bethechange #thinkgreen #dosomething #gogreen #socialchange #changeahabit
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I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.

- Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa, one of the most celebrated Catholic nuns, spoke often about wastage. As someone who committed most of her life to helping the poor, she saw firsthand what it meant to lack the needed resources. Sadly, there’s still not enough education on how we can recycle much of our daily waste into something useful. We can make a big shift by regarding the things around us as resources rather than products.

"My mother was my biggest role model. She taught me to hate waste. We never wasted anything."  - W. Edwards Deming #trvst #quotes #waste #wecandobetter #bethechange #sustainability #socialimpact #wasteless #takeaction #thinkgreen #collectiveaction #environment
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My mother was my biggest role model. She taught me to hate waste. We never wasted anything.

- W. Edwards Deming


William Edwards Deming was born in 1900 and died 93 years later. He is widely known for his contribution to the field of quality. To date, a lot of people still consider him as the most successful management thinker in the field of quality.

Deming believed that quality cannot be inspected into a product. He complained about America's failure to make effective use of people’s abilities. According to him, waste can prevent any country from reaching its potential.

"I have become quite good at repurposing and reusing much of what comes into the house. The goal is to generate as little waste as possible."  - Anna Getty #trvst #quotes #waste #plantbased #takeaction #noplanetb #beinspired #dogood #dosomething #loveourplanet #socialimpact #sustainability
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I have become quite good at repurposing and reusing much of what comes into the house. The goal is to generate as little waste as possible.

- Anna Getty


Anna Getty is a successful actress and producer with numerous top movies to her credit. Although she is an actress, she is an advocate for waste consciousness. According to her, kitchen leftovers should not be treated like garbage. Instead, we should see them as food that should be given to microorganisms in our garden.

According to Getty, composting also promotes a healthy environment for microorganisms in the garden. For more ideas on how to reduce food waste check out our top tips to waste less food or consider taking the 30 days zero food waste challenge.

"Tearing down an old house and building a new one is the most wasteful thing we do as humans."  - Grace Potter #trvst #quotes #environmentallyfriendly #dosomething #gogreen #bethechange #greenliving #ecoconscious #planetearthfirst #impact #wastefree #socialchange
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Tearing down an old house and building a new one is the most wasteful thing we do as humans.

- Grace Potter


Grace Potter is a 36 years old American entertainer. She is quite talented, and her works spread across music and movies. Potter is a notable figure in the Alzheimer’s Association and contributed to the success of the association all through her career. Her support for the Alzheimer’s Association is seen as her way of paying respect to her grandfather (paternal) who battled with the disease while he was alive.

According to Potter, Life should be seen as a gift, and no one should waste it indoors.

"There are a lot of irritating aspects about large supermarkets for the wannabe eco-warrior, but the one that gets most of us hottest under the collar is packaging."  - Sheherazade Goldsmith #trvst #quotes #eco #sustainability #changetheworld #carefornature #impact #trash #dosomething #wastefree #dogood #ecofriendly
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There are a lot of irritating aspects about large supermarkets for the wannabe eco-warrior, but the one that gets most of us hottest under the collar is packaging.

- Sheherazade Goldsmith


Sheherazade Goldsmith was born in London in 1972. She is a top environmentalist among other things. She has participated in numerous activism campaigns as regards the environment. Before the birth of her first child, she managed a food business that focused on the production and delivery of fresh, organic food for babies.

The business stayed open for about two years because, at the time, it was difficult to run a 100% organic food business in London. Goldsmith is now a full-time writer and speaker for environmental sustainability.

"Mostly, I spend my time being a mother to my two children, working in my organic garden, raising masses of sweet peas, being passionately involved in conservation, recycling and solar energy."  - Blythe Danner #trvst #quotes #recycling #energy #solar #solarenergy #conservation #children #organic #solarfuture #recycle #noplanetb
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Mostly, I spend my time being a mother to my two children, working in my organic garden, raising masses of sweet peas, being passionately involved in conservation, recycling and solar energy.

- Blythe Danner


Blythe Danner was born in the United States of America in 1943. She is a top actress with numerous awards to her name. She is a lover of the environment who claims to be passionate about it.

We know Danner for her impact on the introduction of recycling programs in Santa Monica and New York City in the 1970s. Over the years, Danner has shown a lot of commitment over the improvement of the environment so that the coming generations can benefit from it.

"Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless."  - Thomas A. Edison #trvst #quotes #waste #thrift #betterfortheplanet #beinspired #plantbased #bethechange #greenliving #socialimpact #trash #impact
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Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.

- Thomas A. Edison


Thomas Edison was born in the United State of America in 1847 and died in 1931. He was a great inventor, businessman, and manufacturer. During his time, he never ceased to tell the world about his inventions.

Many regard Edison as the greatest inventor of all time, and his works cut across various fields of life. During his time, his goal was to invent things the world needed.

"We need to address our Nation's mounting garbage problem by generating less garbage, particularly paper waste."  - Wendell H. Ford #trvst #quotes #waste #garbage #dotherightthing #dosomething #dogood #bethechange #gogreen #impact #sustainableliving #socialchange
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We need to address our Nation's mounting garbage problem by generating less garbage, particularly paper waste.

- Wendell H. Ford


Wendell H. Ford was a top politician in the United States of America. He died at the age of 90. Ford served as a Senator and as Governor before he retired.

Before politics, Ford worked as an insurance agent. Ford believed that resources, time, energy, and talent should be preserved. One of his popular quotes was “there is no patience for waste”.

"E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the United States and can pose serious environmental and health problems here and around the world when not handled properly."  - Gene Green #trvst #quotes #waste #environmental #health #wellbeing #gogreen #changemakers #bethechange #healthylife #loveourplanet #begreat
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E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the United States and can pose serious environmental and health problems here and around the world when not handled properly.

- Gene Green


Gene Green served as a US Representative for 13 terms. Among his many accomplishments was introducing the E-Waste Recycling Bill in 2010. After being made aware that e-waste was the fastest-growing waste stream in the country, Green soon revealed The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act.

Green’s aim was to ensure that manufacturers and consumers were conscious of the removal and disposal of their used electronics. Beyond his job as a Representative, which he recently retired from, Green is actively involved in calling for action towards better e-waste management.

"While cheap products are exported to western countries, the waste is dumped mostly in China's back yard, contaminating its air, water, soil and seas."  - Ma Jun #trvst #quotes #waste #water #saveourocean #wastenotwantnot #eco #ecoconscious #ocean #noplanetb #naturelovers #dotherightthing
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While cheap products are exported to western countries, the waste is dumped mostly in China's back yard, contaminating its air, water, soil and seas.

- Ma Jun


Ma Jun is a Chinese environmentalist and journalist. He is also a Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in China. The Chinese public knows Ma Jun for his direct confrontation acts towards foreign companies with factories in China.

In the past, Ma Jun has approached Apple and over a thousand other companies to discuss their waste generation in China. His work has helped push these companies towards reformation. With this waste quote, Ma Jun brings our attention to the overlooked environmental consequences of China’s accelerated industrial growth.

Conclusion

The lack of proper waste education is a universal issue. It affects you, regardless of your country, status, or personal waste management practices. This is why we should not only change our habits and consumption patterns but also encourage others to do the same. The approach should always be to refuse, reduce, reuse, and if we exhaust all other options, recycle.

More Waste Quotes And Sayings About Reducing Waste:

"Now that I think about it, I was arrested in 1992. Some people may think of that as a bad thing, but I feel good about it. I chained myself to the gate of a phone book factory, a GTE factory in Los Angeles. They were using thousand-year-old trees to make phone books. I think that's a total waste of a tree."  - Winona LaDuke #trvst #quotes #waste #trees #rainforest #dosomething #environmentallyfriendly #thinkgreen #forest #waronwaste #noplanetb #socialchange
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Now that I think about it, I was arrested in 1992. Some people may think of that as a bad thing, but I feel good about it. I chained myself to the gate of a phone book factory, a GTE factory in Los Angeles. They were using thousand-year-old trees to make phone books. I think that's a total waste of a tree.

- Winona LaDuke


"There's this terrific kid in Maine who saw all the waste generated by straws handed out in restaurants. So he made up these little pop-up cards and asked restaurant owners put them on the tables to explain why straws wouldn't be handed out unless requested. Of course, the restaurant owners couldn't resist a 9-year-old kid, and so it worked."  - Philippe Cousteau, Jr. #trvst #quotes #waste #straws #resist #changemakers #betterfortheplanet #nowornever #gogreen #activism #greenliving #giveback
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There's this terrific kid in Maine who saw all the waste generated by straws handed out in restaurants. So he made up these little pop-up cards and asked restaurant owners put them on the tables to explain why straws wouldn't be handed out unless requested. Of course, the restaurant owners couldn't resist a 9-year-old kid, and so it worked.

- Philippe Cousteau, Jr.


"There is no such thing as 'away.' When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere"  - Annie Leonard #trvst #quotes #dosomething #dogood #sustainableliving #ecoconscious #betterfortheplanet #collectiveaction #takeaction #bethechange #noplanetb #beinspired
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There is no such thing as 'away.' When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere

- Annie Leonard


"There are wonderful things happening all around the world. From Nova Scotia to Kerala, Bristol to Melbourne, and even in the Philippines, zero waste is on the agenda. I think what's particularly inspiring is when communities don't wait to be told what to do but just go ahead and do it."  - Jeremy Irons #trvst #quotes #waste #communities #zerowaste #zerowastehome #betterfortheplanet #sustainable #dosomething #nowaste #takeaction #sustainability
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There are wonderful things happening all around the world. From Nova Scotia to Kerala, Bristol to Melbourne, and even in the Philippines, zero waste is on the agenda. I think what's particularly inspiring is when communities don't wait to be told what to do but just go ahead and do it.

- Jeremy Irons


"Any waste stream in our society can be turned into a revenue stream. It's turning the lemons in our society into lemonade."  - Billy Parish #trvst #quotes #waste #society #thinkgreen #dotherightthing #savetheplanet #bethechange #takeaction #ecoconscious #wasteless #dogood
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Any waste stream in our society can be turned into a revenue stream. It's turning the lemons in our society into lemonade.

- Billy Parish


"Being green means preventing waste."  - Kevin Plank #trvst #quotes #waste #green #wastefree #dotherightthing #thinkgreen #ecoconscious #sustainability #changetheworld #changeahabit #gogreen
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Being green means preventing waste.

- Kevin Plank


"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."  - New England Proverb #trvst #quotes #takeaction #impact #dogood #ecoconscious #greenliving #thinkgreen #wastefree #beinspired #changetheworld #gogreen
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Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

- New England Proverb


"My obsession is plastic packaging. It makes me sick, all the waste. Everything about it disappoints me."  - Theo James #trvst #quotes #plasticwaste #waste #plastic #saynotooneuseplastic #gogreen #sustainableliving #dosomething #scrapplastic #betterfortheplanet #wastefree
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My obsession is plastic packaging. It makes me sick, all the waste. Everything about it disappoints me.

- Theo James


"No matter how inured you get to atrocities, you're still always stunned and shocked by how cruel and wasteful Homo sapiens can be."  - Steven Pinker #trvst #quotes #savetheplanet #changetheworld #carefornature #bethechange #dogood #dotherightthing #gogreen #impact #ecofriendly #ecoconscious
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No matter how inured you get to atrocities, you're still always stunned and shocked by how cruel and wasteful Homo sapiens can be.

- Steven Pinker


"Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet."  - Jose Mujica #trvst #quotes #waste #planet #nature #wasteless #eco #thinkgreen #environment #ecoactivism #earth #ecoconscious
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Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet.

- Jose Mujica


"A big part of green tech will be organisms that eat waste."  - Steve Jurvetson #trvst #quotes #waste #green #betterfortheplanet #ecoconscious #greenliving #collectiveaction #sustainability #thinkgreen #sustainableliving #bethechange
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A big part of green tech will be organisms that eat waste.

- Steve Jurvetson


"'Solid wastes' are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society."  - Jimmy Carter #trvst #quotes #society #planetearthfirst #bethechange #ecoactivism #dosomething #earthdayeveryday #socialchange #sustainability #gogreen #ecofriendly
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"Solid wastes" are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society.

- Jimmy Carter


"This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem."  - Jimmy Carter #trvst #quotes #trash #garbage #mountain #natural #health #healthyliving #wastenotwantnot #mindset #gogreen #wellbeing
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This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem.

- Jimmy Carter


"Human activity is having a major impact on the planet. We consume or have diverted a large proportion of the productivity of the land and oceans. Our hunger for land crowds out fellow species. Our waste products pollute the waters, warm the atmosphere and acidify the oceans."  - Ian Goldin #trvst #quotes #impact #waste #planet #pollute #hunger #productivity #mothernature #dotherightthing #gogreen #dosomething
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Human activity is having a major impact on the planet. We consume or have diverted a large proportion of the productivity of the land and oceans. Our hunger for land crowds out fellow species. Our waste products pollute the waters, warm the atmosphere and acidify the oceans.

- Ian Goldin


"The waste products in Earth's crust are also the human in this expanded, spectral sense. One's garbage doesn't go 'away' - it just goes somewhere else."  - Timothy Morton #trvst #quotes #waste #garbage #ecoconscious #gogreen #greenliving #beinspired #wecandobetter #planetearthfirst #sustainableliving #bethechange
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The waste products in Earth's crust are also the human in this expanded, spectral sense. One's garbage doesn't go 'away' - it just goes somewhere else.

- Timothy Morton


"We live in a disposable, 'cast-off and throw-away' society that has largely lost any real sense of permanence. Ours is a world of expiration dates, limited shelf life, and planned obsolescence. Nothing is absolute."  - Myles Munroe #trvst #quotes #society #waronwaste #takeaction #ecofriendly #beinspired #loveourplanet #changetheworld #earthdayeveryday #dotherightthing #bethechange
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We live in a disposable, 'cast-off and throw-away' society that has largely lost any real sense of permanence. Ours is a world of expiration dates, limited shelf life, and planned obsolescence. Nothing is absolute.

- Myles Munroe


"Cities offer us powerful leverage on our most stubborn, wasteful practices. Long commutes in our cars, big power bills from our energy-hogging buildings, shopping trips to buy stuff that'll spend a few short months in our homes and long centuries in our landfills."  - Alex Steffen #trvst #quotes #landfills #energy #ecofriendly #gogreen #savetheplanet #collectiveaction #environmentallyfriendly #changetheworld #takeaction #dotherightthing
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Cities offer us powerful leverage on our most stubborn, wasteful practices. Long commutes in our cars, big power bills from our energy-hogging buildings, shopping trips to buy stuff that'll spend a few short months in our homes and long centuries in our landfills.

- Alex Steffen


"Does what we create justify what we destroy?"  - Tony Fry #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #bethechange #gogreen #dotherightthing #sustainability #dosomething #wecandobetter #impact #environment #dogood
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Does what we create justify what we destroy?

- Tony Fry


"As the pace of technology increases, the amount of toxic electronic waste is piling up at home and abroad."  - Gene Green #trvst #quotes #electronicwaste #waste #toxic #ewaste #wecandobetter #ecofriendly #socialimpact #e-waste #waronwaste #bethechange
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As the pace of technology increases, the amount of toxic electronic waste is piling up at home and abroad.

- Gene Green


"With a little more tweaking, we could make orange juice in the orange without any packaging or processing."  - Homaro Cantu #trvst #quotes #wastefree #collectiveaction #noplanetb #thinkgreen #dosomething #ecoconscious #changeahabit #dotherightthing #dogood #gogreen
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With a little more tweaking, we could make orange juice in the orange without any packaging or processing.

- Homaro Cantu


"We had two rules growing up in my house: If you're going to take a shower, do it with whomever you're dating so you don't waste water; and if you buy one for yourself, buy six, because everybody's going to want one."  - Moon Unit Zappa #trvst #quotes #waste #waronwaste #dosomething #environmentallyfriendly #takeaction #loveourplanet #bethechange #plantbased #dogood #changeahabit
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We had two rules growing up in my house: If you're going to take a shower, do it with whomever you're dating so you don't waste water; and if you buy one for yourself, buy six, because everybody's going to want one.

- Moon Unit Zappa


"If we destroy the biosphere, then mankind will die. We all waste our time worrying about stupid wars and petty jealousy and greed, and all the time, we're sitting on a time bomb."  - Ron Moody #trvst #quotes #waste #ecoconscious #bethechange #sustainableliving #dotherightthing #takeaction #planetearthfirst #waronwaste #beinspired #loveourplanet
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If we destroy the biosphere, then mankind will die. We all waste our time worrying about stupid wars and petty jealousy and greed, and all the time, we're sitting on a time bomb.

- Ron Moody


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