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[GreenYes] Help with Converting Single Stream Volumes to Tons....


Anyone have a handle on how to convert single stream volumes to tons? I
know that the average weight will be different for curbside vs. commercial
single stream - and there will be variations in types of commercial
properties. Just wondering if anyone has done any work on what the average
weights might be for various scenarios. I'm not looking for a break out
by material type, just an average weight for a cubic yard of single stream
recyclables.

As part of it's new recycling ordinance properties are required to report
their tons (or estimates by converting volumes to tons) of trash vs.
recyclables on an annual basis. We are developing a calculator that will
allow those who have volume based collection to provide us with tonnage
estimates. However, single stream commercial collection is in place in
some cases and I have yet to find average weights that can be used
specifically for converting volume to tons for single stream collection.

HELP?

Christine McCoy
City of Alexandria
703/519-3486 ext. 132

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