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Solid Waste Cleanup – Weights and Volumes Calculations Per Project

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DescriptionApproximate Pounds/Cubic YardRemarks
Burn Dump Debris/Ash800-1000
Dry Loose
Wet for Dust Suppression
Wet mixed with soil
Construction Debris, Asphalt or Concrete:
Construction Debris, Wood ; Uncompacted400Increase up to 100% if compacted using heavy,equipment
Loose/Dry. Plus 30% when compacted.
Gravel or Crushed Stone Loose/Dry2600Increase 20% if wet
Household Trash800
Liquid Waste1600202 gal./cubic yard ~ 7 Lbs./Gal.
Waste Oil, Solvent
Metals, Un-compacted600e.g. Appliances, Metal Siding
Sand, Loose/Dry2400Increase 20% if damp and 30% if wet/compacted
Stone, Graded 8” max. Loose2700e.g. Gabion Construction. Increase 10% consolidated,in place
Wood Chips, Shredded/Dry Wood Chips/Bark
w/30% Soil
Yard Waste (Vegetation) Loose600


___ feet high X ___ feet wide X ___ feet long = ___ cubic feet/27 cubic feet per cubic yard = ___ cubic yards

___ cubic yards X 27 cubic feet per cubic yard = ___ cubic feet =height X width X length


The pile is 10 feet high X 30 feet wide X 150 feet long. This equates to about 45,000 cubic feet/27 cubic feet per cubic yard = approximately 1,6666 cubic yards.

___ cubic yards X ___ pounds per cubic yard (waste conversion factor) = ____ pounds/2000 pounds per ton = ____ tons

___ tons X 2000 pounds per ton/pounds per cubic yard = ___ cubic yards X 27 cubic feet per cubic yard = height X width X length


5000 cubic yards of dry sand X 2400 pounds per yard (sand, dry) = 12,000,000 pounds/2000 pounds per ton = 6000 tons


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