Material Density and Volume Conversion

Material Density and Volume Conversion


Aluminum Cans


    Description
    Cubic Yard
    Plastic Bag
    Per Can
    Compacted
    200 lbs.
    70 lbs.
    0.032 lbs. or 31.5 cans lbs.
    Uncompacted
    45 lbs.
    17 lbs.
    0.032 lbs. or 31.5 cans lbs.
    Note: 8 gaylord boxes = 1 bale of cans (vertical baler)



    Appliances


    Description

    Unit

    Weight/Unit (Lbs)

    Air Conditioners (room)

    1 Unit

    64

    Dishwashers

    1 Unit

    92

    Dryers

    1 Unit

    130

    Freezers

    1 Unit

    193

    Microwaves

    1 Unit

    50

    Ranges

    1 Unit

    181

    Refrigerators

    1 Unit

    267

    Washers

    1 Unit

    177

    Water Heaters

    1 Unit

    131

    Corrugated Boxes

    Description
    Cubic Yard (Lbs.)
    Whole - Unbroken Down
    45
    Broken Down
    150
    Baled
    600 to 1,200

    Glass

    Description
    Gaylord Box
    (Lbs)
    Cubic Yard
    (Lbs)
    55 Gallon Drum
    (Lbs)
    16oz Bottle
    Whole Glass
    750
    500-600
    150-175
    0.41 lbs (0.55 lbs.)
    Semi-crushed
    1,250
    1,000-1,200
    300
    Mechanically Crushed
    2,250
    1,800
    550

    Lead-Acid Batteries


    Description

    Unit

    Weight/Unit (Lbs)

    Car Battery

    1 battery

    40

    Truck Battery

    1 battery

    53

    Motorcycle Battery

    1 battery

    9.5

    Newspaper

    Description
    Cubic Yard (Lbs)
    12-inch Stack (Lbs)
    Loose
    400
    35
    Compacted
    900

    Plastics

    Description
    Cubic Yard
    Per Bottle
    PET (Soda Bottles) Whole
    32 lbs. or 220 bottles
    0.15 lbs. (2 liter)
    PET Crushed
    60-80 lbs.
    0.15 lbs. (2 liter)
    HDPE (Natural) Whole
    20 lbs. or 180 bottles
    0.17 lbs. (gallon)
    HDPE (Natural) Crushed
    65 lbs.
    0.17 lbs. (gallon)
    HDPE (Colored) Whole
    42 lbs. or 171 bottles
    0.35 lbs. (gallon)
    HDPE (Colored) Crushed
    90-125 lbs.
    0.35 lbs. (gallon)
    Mixed Whole
    38 lbs. or 110 bottles
    Mixed Crushed
    86 lbs.
    Note: 16 gaylord boxes of PET = 1 vertical baler bale
    24 gaylord boxes of HDPE-Natural = 1 vertical baler bale
    16 gaylord boxes of HDPE-Pigmented = 1 vertical baler bale

    Steel Cans

    Description
    Cubic Yard
    Per Can
    (10oz, 12 oz, 16oz, 32oz)
    Whole
    150 lbs.
    0.20 to 0.23 lbs./can
    4.3 to 5.0 cans/lb.
    Compacted
    850 lbs.
    Note: 8 gaylord boxes = 1 bale of steel cans (vertical baler)

    Telephone Books

    Description
    Cubic Yard
    Gaylord Box
    Whole
    700 lbs.
    900 lbs.

    Tires

    Description
    Tires/Ton
    Pounds /Tire
    Car Tires
    100
    20
    Truck Tires
    20
    100

    Used Motor Oil

    Description
    Gallon
    Drum
    Used Motor Oil
    7 lbs.
    385 lbs.

    Organic Materials

    Grass

    Description
    Cubic Yard
    Grass Clippings
    400 lbs.

    Leaves

    Description
    Cubic Yard
    Uncompacted
    250 lbs.
    Vacuumed
    350 lbs.
    Compacted
    450 lbs.


    Municipal Solid Waste


    Description

    Volume

    Weight

    Residential Waste (uncompacted)

    1 cubic yard

    200 lbs.

    Commercial/Industrial Waste (uncompacted)

    1 cubic yard

    450 lbs.

    Municipal Solid Waste
    (compacted in truck)

    1 cubic yard

    750 lbs.

    Municipal Solid Waste
    (landfill density)

    1 cubic yard

    750 - 1,250 lbs.