Waste Not Want Not
Waste Not Want Not mission complete
"Waste Not Want Not" mission completion screen
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"Waste Not Want Not" is the third mission of the The Brotherhood story arc in Saints Row 2.

Terrorists raid nuclear power plant
Stilwater Gazette newspaper headline


The Protagonist meets with Carlos, but is dissatisfied with the little information Carlos has on The Brotherhood; Carlos has only heard word about an incoming shipment. Gazing outside, The Protagonist sees the Nuclear Power Plant in the distance and suddenly has an idea.[1]

The Protagonist raids the power plant and gathers some toxic waste. Carlos then appears in a helicopter to pick them up and they both escape. Back in the city, they drive towards a tattoo store Maero uses and swap the tattoo ink with the toxic waste - later that day, inside the Brotherhood hideout, Matt finishes inking a new tattoo on Maero's face and Maero screams in pain as the toxic waste burns him.[2]


The following text has been transcribed verbatim from the game files.
Upon completion of the mission, it is available in-game at Newspaper Clipboards.

Security at the Stilwater nuclear power plant is expected to triple after an unknown assailant assaulted the island early this morning. The assailant purportedly assaulted members of the plant's security forces before escaping by helicopter. Earlier reports that the assailant had managed to obtain a small amount of radioactive waste have yet to be confirmed by plant officials.


Waste Not Want Not - The Protagonist in Side Shooter above the Nuclear plant

There is a 15 minute timer to complete this mission - enough time that one shouldn't really worry about it.

Go to Friendly Fire

After going down the stairs, get in the 3rd Street Saints vehicle in the nearby parking lot, or any other vehicle close by, and drive to Friendly Fire.

Buy a geiger counter at Friendly Fire

Once inside, walk inside the marker in front of the clerk to buy the Geiger Counter. It doesn't actually have to be purchased through the menus.

Take a vehicle to the power plant

Head to the Python marked by the GPS.

Get to the nuke plant

Once inside, drive towards the Nuclear Power Plant and disembark at the dock on the east side of the island.

Track down some toxic waste, but don't get spotted

Head up the stairs and follow the on-screen instructions to find the toxic waste; the location is randomized on each playthrough of the mission. Despite what the game advises, being spotted is not a problem and does not fail the mission. Once nearby, use the Geiger Counter to measure the radiation marked on the top left of the HUD - it increases in proximity to the waste.

Get to the helipad

When the toxic waste has been collected, head to the helipad near the center of the island.

Kill the security guards so the helicopter can land

Clear out the guards.

Defend the helipad until the helicopter returns

Carlos arrives in a helicopter after one minute and thirty seconds.

Get in the helicopter

Once in the helicopter, an AR200 SAW with infinite ammunition is provided to shoot down the pursuing helicopters and boats. When the helicopter reaches the city, it crashes, causing The Protagonist to ragdoll through the air, but with no health loss.

Deliver the toxic waste to the tattoo parlor

Finally, get in a nearby vehicle and drive to Rusty's Needle with Carlos before the time limit expires to complete the mission.



Newspaper bh03 Waste Not Want Not

The Stilwater Gazette newspaper clipping from the completion screen and Newspaper Clipboard

  • "Waste not, want not" is both a common phrase, and a pun on the fact that The Protagonist is retrieving nuclear waste.
  • The Geiger Counter can be kept after this level by switching to another melee weapon after obtaining it.
  • It is possible to use a helicopter to get to the nuclear plant, but there is an on-screen warning that the guards will hear them coming, and there is an automatic level 2 Notoriety when arriving.
  • It is possible to buy a HAZMAT suit from Let's Pretend which means the cops mistake The Protagonist as a worker on the island.
  • The helicopter used in this mission is a Side Shooter - a helicopter with a similar appearance to the Oppressor, but has a more detailed interior and lacks a tail. The helicopter only appears in this mission and "Airborne Assault".
  • This mission is one of three gang-arc missions in Saints Row 2 which do not unlock a neighborhood. The others are "Assault on Precinct 31" and "Veteran Child". This may be due to the fact that this mission takes place within an Ultor neighborhood
    • However, an early map of Stilwater shows the Nuclear Plant coloured as a Brotherhood area, so it may have originally been planned as an reward for this mission.[3]
  • It is possible to know the approximate location of the toxic waste without any on-screen tips by selecting Map after the Python is entered. A blue marker shows the location.
Waste Not Want Not - Police Oppressor pursuing The Protagonist and Carlos

The police Oppressor pursues The Protagonist and Carlos despite no Notoriety.

  • This is one of two missions in the game where there are enemies that use the AR200 SAW; during the helicopter escape midway in the mission, opposing enemy Oppressors have gunmen sitting on the sides that use the weapon. The only other mission where enemies use the SAW is the "New Hennequet Rec Center" Stronghold.
  • If police Oppressors are not destroyed before The Protagonist and Carlos arrive to the mainland, they will continue chasing them.
    • Sometimes helicopters blow up even without attacking them.
    • Removing Notoriety does not help getting rid of pursuing helicopters.


"Insult to Injury" cutsceneEdit

The Protagonist: "Why are we meeting on the el?"
Carlos: "I wanted to get outta the goddamn sewer..."
The Protagonist: "Why are you looking away?"
Carlos: "In case you're, ya know, bein' followed."
The Protagonist: "This isn't a goddamn spy movie Carlos...can ya turn around?"
Carlos: "Sorry..."
The Protagonist: "Whaddaya got for me?"
Carlos: "Nothing."
The Protagonist: "Are you shitting me?"
Carlos: "Listen, I tried everything I could. What was I supposed to do?"
The Protagonist: "Try harder."
Carlos: "After that shit you pulled with Donnie, The Brotherhood are keepin' a tight lid on what they got cookin'...I've heard one guy mention a shipment, but beyond that it looks like we're back to square one."
The Protagonist: "Which is?"
Carlos: "We know they like trucks and tattoos."
The Protagonist: "You were on my short list and you're givin' me tattoo's and trucks?"
Carlos: "And the shipment."
The Protagonist: "Which you know nothing about."
Carlos: "Right."
The Protagonist: "Carlos: I like you. I do. But you got a lot to learn about bein' a Lieutenant."
Carlos: "I wish I had more to give ya."
The Protagonist: "Believe me, so do I. But fuck it, we'll figure somethi--"
The Protagonist - Male 2: "Believe me, so do I. But fuck it, we'll figure out somethin'."
Carlos: "What is it?"
The Protagonist: "I think I got an idea..."
The Protagonist: "Maero said he had a lotta canvas left... I'm gonna splatter paint all over it."
The Protagonist: "Carlos, don't worry, I'm gonna make a banger outta you if it kills me."
— "Insult to Injury" cutscene


The Protagonist (Male Voice 1): "Carlos, I'm planning on bringing a little souveiner back from the nuke ready to pick me up when I give the call."
The Protagonist (Male Voice 2): "Carlos, I'm headin' over to the nuke plant. I don't think the cops are gonna be too happy about it so I need you to be ready to pull me out when I give you the call."
The Protagonist (Male Voice 3): "Carlos, once I get my hands on the shit I need, you gotta be ready to pick me up."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 1): "I doubt Ultor is gonna like me sneakin' around their nuke plant, so when I give you the call you gotta be ready to get me the hell outta here."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 2): "I'm counting on you Carlos, once I pick up that radioactive shit I need you to be ready to pick me up."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 3): "Alright Carlos, here's the deal...I'm gonna go get Maero a little present from the nuke plant but you gotta be ready to pick me up quick when I give the call."
Carlos: "No problem boss, I'll get you a helicopter."
The Protagonist (Male Voice 1): "I got the stuff we need Carlos."
The Protagonist (Male Voice 2): "I got what I came for, I need to get picked up..."
The Protagonist (Male Voice 3): "The cops are on my ass Carlos, we gotta move."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 1): "I got Maero's present, I'm ready when you are..."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 2): "Carlos, you ready to do this?"
The Protagonist (Female Voice 3): "You ready to do this Carlos?"
Carlos: "I'm on my way."
— After picking up the toxic waste
We're almost to the nuke plant
— Carlos, once The Protagonist reaches the helipad

It's too hot down there, if you don't clear off that helipad I won't beable to land this thing...
— Carlos, can't land

It's still too hot down there
— Carlos, after The Protagonist clears out some guards

OK, we're landing now
— Carlos

Come on, get in
— Carlos, after landing the helicoper

The Protagonist (Male Voice 1): "Who the hell's this guy?"
The Protagonist (Male Voice 2): "Who's your new friend?"
The Protagonist (Male Voice 3): "Why do you have a gun to the pilots head?"
The Protagonist (Female Voice 1): "I can't help but notice you're threatening our pilot..."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 2): "When did I tell you to take a hostage Carlos?"
The Protagonist (Female Voice 3): "When I asked you to pick me up taking a pilot hostage wasn't what I had in mind...."
Carlos: "You think I know how to fly a helicopter? I had to pull a gun on the pilot to get him to fly here."
— After entering the helicopter

Pilot: "Maybe I'd handle this thing better if I didn't have a gun to my face..."
Carlos: "Shut up!"
Pilot: "Jesus, how many people are trying to kill you?"
Carlos: "Can ya just fly this thing?"
Pilot: "Ya know if people would stop trying to kill me I'd have a better chance at getting us back"
Carlos: "bitch bitch bitch..."
— Pilot arguing

Carlos: "We're going down, hang on!"
The Protagonist (Male Voice 1): "I think that could've went better, don't you agree Carlos?"
The Protagonist (Male Voice 2): "Nice getaway plan Carlos..."
The Protagonist (Male Voice 3): "Hell of a getaway plan Carlos"
The Protagonist (Female Voice 1): "Carlos, remind me to sit you down for a talk about planning a getaway..."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 2): "Helicopters work a lot better if you don't crash 'em into the ground..."
The Protagonist (Female Voice 3): "Well that coulda went better..."
Carlos: "Hey we walked away from the crash, that's good enough for me. So whadda we do now?"
The Protagonist: "We jack a car and get the hell outta here."
— Crash

"Flash" cutsceneEdit

Matt: "Bro, you are gonna look like a bad mother fucker."
Maero: "That's good, 'cause I was beginning to think I looked like an investment banker."
Jessica: "I'm glad you two are having fun, 'cause god forbid we do something about the Saints..."
Maero: "I'm gonna take care of them babe..."
Jessica: "Sure you are."
Maero: "You think I'm afraid?"
Matt: "No she doesn't Maero, now can you stay cool? I'm almost done..."
Maero: "I think you should stick to tattooin' and drop the guitar."
Matt: "Whatever, The Feed Dogs fuckin' rock."
Maero winces slightly
Jessica: "Baby..."
Maero: "Screams in anguish"
— "Flash" cutscene


  • The Protagonist and Carlos
  • The Protagonist and Carlos
  • The subway
  • Carlos
  • Maero, Jessica and Matt
  • Maero
  • Maero and Jessica
  • Maero and Jessica
  • Maero
  • Loading screen used after "Waste Not Want Not"
  • Loading screen used after "Waste Not Want Not"
  • Loading screen used after "Waste Not Want Not"


  1. Cutscene: Insult to Injury
  2. Cutscene: Flash
  3. Image:
    Stilwater - Saints Row 2 promo

    Early map, showing Stilwater Nuclear as The Brotherhood neighborhood

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