Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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.

Our commitment to efficient routing and use of GPS technology is another way we reduce our fuel output. In addition to reducing wear and tear on roads and maximizing route efficiency, it also reduces the energy used for transportation, decreasing our carbon footprint.

Modern also reduces our waste by the design of our landfill!  This includes leak detection and collection – we collect any methane emitting from the landfill and pipe it back into the ground, keeping the atmosphere free of contamination!