Modern Recycling is a leader in recycling collection and processing for residential and commercial customers in Western New York. As part of a family-owned and operated company, we value innovation and technologies that enable us to bring our customers convenience and top-notch customer service while supporting their recycling and sustainability goals.
In 2005, Modern was recognized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Solid Waste Association of North America for its innovative system in which it utilizes landfill gas to provide heat and electricity for its hydroponic greenhouse.
Throughout its history and continuing today, Modern has been: Dedicated to the Community. Committed to the Environment.
MODERN’S DEDICATION TO SUSTAINABILITY RECYCLING
Single Stream Recycling – Modern’s single stream recycling offers a broad menu of acceptable materials coupled with the convenience of placing all items in one container.
Construction & Demolition – With several WasteCap Accredited Professionals in Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling on staff, Modern is a fully committed partner for LEED, NAHB and other C & D recycling projects.
Tire Recycling – Recycling tires reduces risk of air and water pollution and preserves natural resources by creating recycled product substitutes for natural mulch and aggregate. Modern “walks the talk,” using its tire derived products internally as well as selling them for others to use.
Compressed Natural Gas Trucks – Switching to natural gas trucks is a more recent example of our commitment to the environment and Western NY community. Each vehicle switch we make reduces greenhouse gas emissions 25% compared to its diesel predecessor and reduces noise too.
GPS Technology – GPS technology helps us route our trucks efficiently to reduce wear and tear on the roads and vehicles as well as minimize energy used for transportation, keeping our carbon footprint smaller.
Decomposition of materials in a landfill produces methane, a powerful climate-changing gas. Modern captures this landfill gas, preventing escape into the atmosphere, and converts its energy into electricity and heat. The energy fully supports operation of H2Gro, our hydroponic greenhouse.
LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION
H2Gro Greenhouses use landfill gas energy to grow over 6 million pounds of vine-ripened tomatoes a year without pesticides or herbicides. The hydroponic system recycles water, further reducing natural resource use to produce local food eight months of the year.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT & EDUCATION
Our direct and in-kind donations have supported arts and entertainment, youth sports, healthcare, community safety and other charitable endeavors that help keep Western New York a place where people want to live.
We’re strengthening our commitment to the sustainability of our community and natural environment with enhanced recycling services, recycling and sustainability education outreach that goes above and beyond expectations and operational support for our customers’ efforts to meet their own sustainability goals.