Top 30 Trashiest Slogans To Inspire People To Use Trash Receptacles Instead Of The Ground


How do you persuade people to take the simple step of throwing their garbage in trash receptacles instead of on the ground?

Trashy slogans help. Skeptical? Consider the “Don’t Mess With Texas” anti-litter campaign. This slogan created by the Texas Department of Transportation is credited with reducing litter on highways by an incredible 72%.

When it comes to stopping litter, a catchy phrase can make a difference. Here’s a list of our favorite anti-litter slogans. It’s a proven way to raise awareness about keeping your community clean with just one simple act – tossing garbage in a trash can.

30 Anti-Litter Slogans To Fill Up Those Trash Receptacles

  1. Be part of the solution, not the pollution.

  2. Feed the can, man.

  3. Slam dunk the junk.

  4. You think we like picking up after you? (with a photo of a mom and dad)

  5. I hate that empty feeling inside (seen on a trash receptacle).

  6. Put trash in its place

  7. Join the green side (with image of Darth Vader)

  8. If you litter, the future will be bitter

  9. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

  10. Fill me up buttercup (seen on another trash receptacle)

  11. You can’t afford to be trashy (with mean-looking picture of a police officer)

  12. Green city, clean city, my dream city

  13. Don’t trash our future, recycle

  14. Stop littering. The earth is not your garbage can.

  15. Here today, reused tomorrow.

  16. Idaho is too great to litter (substitute any state)

  17. Give a hoot, don’t pollute (with a picture of an owl, of course)

  18. Every litter bit hurts

  19. You are the only cure for litter

  20. The world outside your car is not your personal ashtray

  21. Litter and you’re rubbish

  22. Can it for a greener planet

  23. Proud people don’t litter

  24. Recycle your trash or trash your earth

  25. Fight dirty. Keep our parks clean

  26. Be clean, be green, be a recycling machine

  27. Money does grow on trees, recycle paper

  28. Take care of the earth and she will take care of you

  29. Your mother does not work here

  30. There is no planet B

Before a town, school or business embarks on an anti-litter campaign, it’s important that they conduct an audit of their availability of trash receptacles at high traffic areas and transition points. Studies show that trash on the ground or over-filled commercial trash cans will result in more litter.

Transition points are areas where people are most likely to be holding trash in their hands – such as entrances and exits to parks or facilities, near picnic tables, at bus stops, etc.

Walt Disney is famous for determining that a commercial trash can should be located every 30 paces. That’s why his parks are always so clean.

Want to combat litter in your town? Create a catchy slogan. Or ask students to hold a poster contest. Or, if pressed for time and resources, use one of the slogans above.

If all else fails, you can always go with something along these lines: “No Littering. Fines to $10,000.”

Then catch a few litterbugs dropping garbage on the ground and not in a trash receptacle. Post their mugshot on social media. And the amount of the fine.

That will get people’s attention.

Note: Since 2001, The Park and Facility Catalog has been a national supplier of commercial garbage cans and recycling receptacles in all sizes and styles – steel, recycled plastic, concrete, aluminum, etc. Our customers include thousands of municipalities, parks, schools, universities, theme parks, office buildings, malls and other entities across America.



About Robert Caston

Robert Caston
Robert Caston oversees Content Marketing for The Park Catalog. Robert earned a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for several newspapers. He is a connoisseur of fresh air and loves photographing nature whether he’s hanging out in a national park or a park down the street. With a passion for the outdoors, he is a strong advocate of green spaces and getting people out of the house. His favorite parks are the spectacular Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming and the incredible Twin Rivers Park in Stuart, Fla.


  1. Working in a national park, I always liked: ‘Don’t let the Ranger see your Butt!’ For anti-cigarette- litter campaigns. 🙂

  2. Hi. I’m trying to find who was the creator of Australia’s very successful anti litter campaign “Do The Right Thing”. Not sure if you would have any clues on that one.

    Many thanks,

  3. I would like my student at Besteiro Middle School, Brownsville, Texas to try to create a slogan for a Trash can for our campus. Where can I find the contest for a trash can slogan?

  4. I want to get a creative idea on design poster on “anti-litter campaign”

    • theparkcatalog

      Thank you for your interest in our blog. One suggestion would be to check Google Images to view posters against littering. Keep America Beautiful ( also has different graphics they produce.

      • Hi garbage disposal is one of our problems at school. I’m thinking of a slogan to catch pupils’ attention in managing their trash well..I’m thinking of bartering their trash for school supplies.

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