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Solid Waste Conversions

Estimated tonnage’s for containers and drop boxes:

  • 2 cu yd container = .12 tons
  • 4 cu yd container = .24 tons
  • 6 cu yd container = .36 tons
  • 8 cu yd container = .48 tons
  • 10 cu yd drop box = 1.25 tons
  • 15 cu yd drop box = 2 tons
  • 20 cu yd drop box = 3 tons
  • 30 cu yd drop box = 4.5 tons
  • 40 cu yd drop box = 5.5 tons

Estimated tonnage’s for compactors:

  • Compactor size in cubic yards ÷ the compaction ratio (2.25) = compacted yards
  • Compacted yards ÷ 2.33 = Tonnage

Conversion Of Volume To Weight For Recyclable Materials

MaterialVolumeWeight
(lbs)
Weight
(tons)
Newsprint, loose1 cy6000.3000
Office paper1 cy4000.2000
Corrugated, loose1 cy350.018
Corrugated, baled1 cy5070.2535
Glass, unbroken1cy6600.3300
Glass, broken1 cy1125.05625
Glass, crushed, mech.1 cy20601.0300
Glass, uncrushed60 gal
Roller Cart
3000.1500
Aluminum cans, whole1 cy740.0370
Aluminum cans, flat1 cy2500.1250
Ferrous cans, whole1 cy1500.0750
Ferrous cans, flat1 cy8500.4250
PET, soda bottles,1 cy300.0150
HDPE, milk bottles1 cy250.0125
PET & HDPE mixed1 cy300.0150
Poly Styrene1 cy100.0050
Leaves, uncompacted1 cy4000.2000
Leaves, compacted1 cy10000.5000
Leaves, vacuumed1 cy6500.3500
Grass, uncompacted1 cy7000.3700
Wood chips1 cy5000.2500
Wood waste (pallets)1 cy2860.1430
Motor oil1 gal70.0035
Tires, cars1200.0100
Tires, trucks1900.0450
Auto batteries1330.0165
Concrete, brick & block1 cy40002.0000
Asphalt (milled, ripped, crushed)1 sq. yd.1150.0575
Food waste, solid & liquid fats60 gal
Roller Cart
4130.2063