How clean do my recyclables need to be?

We encourage everyone to empty and rinse all containers; however, material will not be rejected if it has not been rinsed. Containers do NOT have to be cleaned with soap – they will be sanitized as part of the recycling process.

How do I dispose of: Tires?

Many municipalities include tires in their drop-off collection programs for their residents and auto service shops accept them for a small fee. Modern no longer offers bulk tire collection and recycling.

How do I dispose of: Paint?

Latex – Remove the lid and air dry the paint in the can. To speed up the process, stir in an absorbent material such as kitty litter or sawdust. For large amounts, line a sturdy box with a plastic bag. Fill with kitty litter or sawdust and pour in the leftover paint. Put in the trash once dry. Wet paint put in the trash can make a terrible mess when the garbage truck compacts the cans and the paint is released. This is the main reason municipalities require paints to be dry or solidified before disposal.


Oil-based– take to Household Hazardous Waste collection.

How do I dispose of: Mattresses?

Residents may place mattresses at the curb for collection. Follow your municipal “large bulk item” rules. Additional fee may apply for commercial customers. Contact Modern’s Customer Service or your Sales Representative for more information.

How do I dispose of: Hazardous Waste?

Contact your county office for dates of household hazardous waste collection events. There are also private companies that accept and process household hazardous waste. See the Resources section for a list of these vendors. [Link to resources section.] Household hazardous waste includes, but is not limited to: herbicides/pesticides, gasoline, flammable liquids, mercury/thermostats, anti-freeze, oil-based paint, aerosols, fluorescent bulbs, and other items dangerous to public and environmental health.