Material Conversion Tables

EPA Conversion Factors - guide_b.pdf
(http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/recycle/recmeas/conversn.htm)

California Integrated Waste Management Board - Conversion Factors: Organics
(http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/LGLibrary/DSG/IOrganic.htm)

California Integrated Waste Management Board - other materials
(http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/LGLibrary/DSG/ApndxI.htm#Conversion)

Information is from Opala.org (the Hawaiian word for garbage)
The City and County of Honolulu's Refuse Division
http://envhonolulu.org/solid_waste/archive/conversion_tables.html

Material

Weight range

(lbs./cu. yd.)

Material

Weight range

(lbs./Cu. yd.)

Notes

Paper

Corrugated

  loose

  compacted

Office

  loose

Newsprint

  loose

  compacted 

Mixed

  loose

  

Metal Cans

Ferrous

  whole

  flattened

  baled

  densified

Aluminum

  whole

  flattened

  baled

  densified

Bi-metal/whole

  

Glass

Containers

  whole

  semicrushed

  crushed

Plate

  

Plastics

PET

  whole

  flattened

  baled

  granulated

HDPE

  whole/milk

  flattened/milk

  whole/colored

  flattened/colored

  baled

  granulated

Other/mixed

  whole

  baled

  

Yard waste

Grass

  loose

  compacted

Leaves

  loose

  compacted

Brush

  loose

  

  

100

200-750

  

300-400

  

360-500

650-800

  

150

  

  

  

150

350-400

850

1600

  

50-70

140-220

350-450

1080

110

  

  

  

500-650

1000-1080

1800-2700

500-1000

  

  

  

30

80

400

500-600

  

20-30

70

50

90

400

500-600

  

50

400-700

  

  

  

400-740

1050-1110

  

250-400

450-670

  

200

Mixed MSW  

Uncompacted

roll-off

  no recycling

  OCC removed

  

Wood

  pallets

  sawdust

  bark

  loose dimen-

    sional lumber

  

Ash

  course bottom

  fine bottom

  fly

  

Food Waste

  kitchen

  solild/liquid fats

  

Textiles/Fabrics

  loose

  baled

  

55 gallon drums

  steel

  plastic

  

Tires

  passenger

  truck

  

Sludges

  wet/25-55% solids

  dry/55-85% solids

  

Litho/film

  loose

  baled

  

Rubber

  granulated

  

Constr/Demo

 debris

  mixed, loose

  

Concrete/Brick/

Block

  crushed

  

Stone/Clay/Sand

  

Used Motor Oil

  

Batteries

  

Ink

  

Lubricants

  

  

  

80

100

  

  

290

500

600

  

240

  

  

3160

1650

1780

  

  

800-900

1490

  

  

240

480

  

  

40-60 ea

20-30 ea

  

  

20 ea

60-100 ea

  

  

1600-2000

850-1600

  

  

280-690

2200-2490

  

  

2500

  

  

  

540

  

  

  

4000

  

2500

  

1410

  

1780-1940

  

1720

  

1410

    

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

1 pallet =

   40 lbs.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

55 gal. =

  400 lbs.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

    

1 gal. = 7 lbs.

  

33-36 lbs. ea

  

1 gal. = 

  8.5 lbs.

  

1 gal. = 7 lbs.

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