Recycling Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old recycling quotes, recycling sayings, and recycling proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling.     

Neil LaBute

If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they'll be all over it.     

Bill Nye

If you're not buying recycled products, you're not really recycling.     

Ed Begley, Jr.

The recycling in my house was imposed by my kids.     

Antonio Banderas

I like to take out the recycling because I actually feel like I'm doing something.     

Mike Quigley

Recycling is an area where jobs could be created at low cost. Green collar workers. That's not very sexy.     

Geoff Mulgan

It's like recycling: selling old clothes to help make new ones.     

Erin O'Connor

Increasing recycling in Delaware is an idea whose time has come and, if put off, may not come again.     

Ruth Ann Minner

I was brought up to reuse things.     

Annabelle Selldorf

Consuming less means throwing away less, while reusing things actually helps to save the planet as well as the pennies.     

Sheherazade Goldsmith

Reducing and reusing take nothing more than a rethink on the way we shop, and using our imagination with the things that we might once have considered junk.     

Sheherazade Goldsmith

It makes a big difference to recycle. It makes a big difference to use recycled products. It makes a big difference to reuse things, to not use the paper cup - and each time you do, that's a victory.     

Emily Deschanel

I know quite a few eco designers who build dresses out of old couture gowns. They disassemble, 'upcycle,' and reuse them in extraordinary ways. To me, that's a sustainable way of doing things.     

Suzy Amis

I'm mad keen on recycling because I'm worried about the next generation and where all this waste we're producing is going. It has to stop. I wash out my plastic containers and recycle envelopes, everything I possibly can.     

Cherie Lunghi

So I'm going to go on and work on preserving the ozone layer, encouraging everyone to recycle.     

Dean Stockwell

We recycle everything in my house. I'm not into any particular organizations, but I'm doing my part and that makes me feel okay.     

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

We are not to throw away those things which can benefit our neighbor. Goods are called good because they can be used for good: they are instruments for good, in the hands of those who use them properly.     

Clement of Alexandria

Drinking your own blood is the paradigm of recycling.     

Gary Busey

You have to keep recycling yourself.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Recycling is what we do when we're out of options to avoid, repair, or reuse the product first. Firstly: Reduce. Don't buy what we don't need. Repair: Fix stuff that still has life in it. Reuse: Share. Then, only when you've exhausted those options, recycle.     

Annie Leonard

It's hard to get everybody to recycle paper and plastic, let alone.     

Richard Karn

I own about 300 pairs of shoes. When I start to go over 300, I have mini-sales from my closet and give the money to charity. It's my way of recycling; I feel like I can give back to the universe.     

Stacy London

My number one thing is to recycle everything from newspaper to aluminum cans, and I even use a canvas bag instead of the plastic ones when I go to the grocery store.     

Maiara Walsh

All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world     

Victor Hugo

It started as a selfish act and has turned into a way of life. I can't stand to watch someone throw anything away that belongs in my green bin.     

Jen Hatmaker

There is no such thing as "away." When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.     

Annie Leonard

What's more important than recycling? Producing something to recycle.     

Gordon Osmond

Resurface. Reupholster. Repaint. Refinish. Make something old new again!     

Natalie DiScala

During holiday parties I end up recycling a lot of my cocktail dresses and just wearing a layering piece, like a blazer and tights, with it.     

Lauren Conrad

Recycling is a good thing to do. It makes people feel good to do it. The thing I want to emphasize is the vast difference between recycling for the purpose of feeling good and recycling for the purpose of solving the trash problem.     

Barry Commoner