We’d like to thank WGRZ and Michael Wooten for helping Modern educate WNY residents on recycling this past week! If we all do our part to recycle – and recycle correctly – we can make our communities more sustainable and protect the environment for the future. Watch all four installments of WGRZ’s “Recycling Revealed” series below.
On Saturday April 17th, Modern employees gathered to clean up Lewiston in celebration of Earth Day! All of us at Modern are committed to recycling, sustainability and making environmentally-focused choices – both at home and in business.
We’d like to thank both the Town and Village of Lewiston for supporting us and helping make this event happen. We also truly appreciate our employees coming out to help us keep our host community clean and beautiful!
Before purchasing an item, ask if it contains recycled materials.
1. Do your research before going shopping so you can make informed buying decisions.
- People often purchase items with less sustainable packaging simply because those items are more convenient, and many items that are difficult to recycle have packaging that tells you it’s recyclable. Remember that just because something is technically recyclable, doesn’t mean that it’s practically recyclable. Please refer to our recycling guide whenever you need to remind yourself which items are the best/easiest to recycle!
2. Talk to store employees to find sustainable alternatives to items with unnecessary or hard-to-recycle packaging.
- If you are having trouble finding something made of recycled content or packaged in easy-to-recycle packaging, just ask the store employees! Sometimes there are items you haven’t tried or noticed before that are packaged more sustainably
Buy products with limited packaging or bring your own packaging.
3. Bring reusable packaging and purchase items from the bulk bins.
- Bulk bins are a great way to cut back on packaging. You can bring glass jars or reusable bags to the store and fill them with items in the bulk aisle!
4. Choose products packaged in glass, cardboard, and paperboard rather than those packaged in plastic.
- Many items packaged in plastic can also be found packaged in more sustainable alternatives. Items wrapped in plastic film or plastic bags can often be found in cardboard and paperboard packaging, and items in plastic bottles and jars can often be found packaged in glass.
Cut back on your water usage.
5. Use low-flow shower heads and toilets.
- “You can purchase some quality, low-flow fixtures for around $10 to $20 a piece and achieve water savings of 25%–60%.”
- Learn more: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/water-heating/reduce-hot-water-use-energy-savings
Cut back on your electricity usage.
7. Shutdown electronics you are not using and unplug all idle electronics.
- A study in 2015 from the Home Energy Analytics and the Stanford Sustainable Systems Lab found that on average, 23% of home electricity consumption goes to devices that are not being actively used.
- Learn more: https://www.livescience.com/52281-pull-the-plug-on-idle-electronics-to-save-hundreds-on-utility-bills.html
9. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Incandescent lights are the least efficient type of lighting. 90% of the energy they use is given off as heat, and only about 10% results in light. Because of this, they should always be turned off whenever they are not in use.
- Learn more: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/when-turn-your-lights
Cut back on your fuel usage.
10. Drive only when needed and walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation when possible.
- If your commute is 20 miles round trip, switching to public transportation could lower your carbon footprint by 4,800 pounds annually.
- Learn more: https://www.c2es.org/content/reducing-your-transportation-footprint/#:~:text=Individuals%20can%20save%20more%20than,footprint%20by%204%2C800%20pounds%20annually.
11. Avoid idling by turning your car off whenever parked for more than 10 seconds.
12. Only heat your home when necessary.
- “By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.”
- Learn more: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-and-cool/home-heating-systems
IMPORTANT SERVICE INFORMATION
If you are receiving this information for a property you own in Niagara County, NY, please direct your residents to the information on this page.
Your community is improving the garbage collection residents receive. The new program will begin January 1, 2021 and feature the following:
A new wheeled trash tote provided to you by the Town/Village
The collection of 3 bulk items once per month
A cleaner, safer community due to the implementation of automated side loader trucks and 95-gallon totes
You can begin using your tote immediately after you receive it.
Please ensure the handle of the tote is facing the house, and that totes are 2 feet apart from all fixed objects (mailboxes, recycling totes, etc.)
Please contact your Town/Village Hall or Modern Disposal Services with any questions.
Modern Disposal Services, Inc.
The Town of Somerset: 716-795-3575
The Town of Newfane: 716-778-8822
The Town of Pendleton: 716-625-8833
The Village of Barker: 716-795-3777
The Town of Cambria: 716-433-2468
The Village of Middleport: 716-735-3303
We focused on “reuse” for the month of April, and shared information on both how you can reuse materials before disposing of them. Please find a summary of everything we posted below!
How You Can Reuse Materials
There are many ways that we can all reuse materials at home, rather than throwing them away or recycling them. Check out the tips below and try to implement some of them in your day-to-day life!
Did you know that window enveloped are recyclable? Even though they have a small piece of plastic, that plastic comes away from the paper during the recycling process and can be removed easily. Even though these envelopes are recyclable, consider trying to reuse them by covering old addresses with labels, tape or Wite-Out!
85% of textiles (clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, etc.) are disposed of in landfills each year. That’s about 21 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste each year! To reuse those textiles and keep them out of the landfill, consider donating them or making them into rags for cleaning or fabric for sewing projects.
Cardboard egg cartons are the only type of egg cartons that can be recycled in your residential recycling tote! Foam cartons cannot be recycled in your household recycling tote. However, consider trying to reuse the foam cartons (or even the cardboard cartons) in some projects at home! Check out the link below for ideas:
We know that many parents are now looking for fun activities to do at home with their children. Consider trying this one, and reuse empty tin cans to make a bowling kit!
The CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face masks in public, where social distancing measures are more difficult to take (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) These masks can help slow the spread of the virus as well as help people who may have the virus but do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face masks are easy to make and give you the chance to reuse some old household items you no longer use! Try one of the tutorials below from the CDC to make your own mask at home.
How Modern Reuses Materials
Over 60% of Modern’s fleet currently runs on Compressed Natural Gas. However, all of our trucks currently running on CNG will soon be switched over to RNG – Renewable Natural Gas!
RNG is gas resulting from the decomposition of organic matter, which has been processed to purity standards. Running our fleet on RNG allows us to #reuse the gas that is naturally produced in landfills and anaerobic digesters as fuel, creating a closed loop disposal process! Fleets that run on RNG can achieve a near-zero carbon footprint!
We all know how important it is to Recycle, but Reduce and Reuse come first! It is crucial that we all reduce our waste and reuse our materials before even thinking about recycling!
We focused on “reduce” for the month of March, and shared information on both how you can reduce your waste and how Modern reduces waste. Please find a summary of everything we posted below!
How You Can Reduce Waste
On average, 1 billion trees-worth of paper are wasted each year in the United States. While paper is recyclable, it is also easy to reduce the amount of paper you use.
If you have an account with Modern, consider signing up for MyModern! MyModern is the easiest way to manage your account and services. In addition to reviewing your account information, you can also pay your bill online and go paperless! This is just one more way you can reduce the amount of paper you use.
By reducing your time spent idling, you can decrease harmful emissions and reduce air pollution. 0.4 gallons are wasted per hour when idling with an average-sized car, and 20 pounds of carbon dioxide is released with every gallon of gas. By turning off your car, you can be part of the solution!
Switching to LED light bulbs is another great way to practice sustainability and reduce electricity use. LED light bulbs use 2-17 watts of electricity; that’s 1/3 to 1/30 of the electricity used by incandescent or CFL light
Of all plastic produced, 40% is packaging! 161 million tons of plastic are produced just for packaging. To reduce your contribution to this statistic, try to purchase products with limited packaging or bring your own sustainable packaging and shop from the bulk bin, unpackaged produce, deli counter, etc. whenever possible!
How Modern Reduces Waste
Did you know that over 60% of Modern’s fleet runs on CNG? Operating Compressed Natural Gas trucks is just one way that we reduce our footprint every day. Switching to CNG trucks from the diesel alternative reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20%! They also run quieter, so you can sleep undisturbed while we operate in your neighborhood early in the morning.
Modern Disposal Services Inc., a growing and fully integrated solid waste services company, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Ball Toilet & Septic Services, Inc. An established and well-respected service business, Ball Toilet & Septic Services has served Western New York for over 25 years. The acquisition of Ball strengthens Modern’s construction and events services offering throughout Western New York.
“We are excited to welcome the employees and customers of Ball Toilet & Septic to Modern,” said Mike McInerney, CEO of Modern Disposal Services, Inc. “Ball’s strong record of service and customer loyalty pairs perfectly with our culture and approach at Modern. We look forward to linking Ball’s proud history with Modern’s capabilities to support our growing construction and environmental services business. I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Commercial Collection Delayed. Friday March 2, 2018. Commercial Dumpster collection is delayed by one day in the US due to weather conditions. We will completing our Friday routes this Saturday. Thank you for your patience.