California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Diversion Study Guide, Appendix I

Conversion Factors: Metals

Please refer to Appendix H, "What Counts Toward Diversion," to determine if these items qualify.

Material/Item Size/Amount Study* LB

Aluminum

Aluminum foil, loose 1 cubic yard Tellus 48.1
Aluminum scrap, cubed 1 cubic yard Tellus 424
Aluminum scrap, whole 1 cubic yard Tellus 175
Aluminum cans, uncrushed 1 case = 24 cans U.S. EPA 0.89
Aluminum cans, crushed 13 gallons U.S. EPA corr. 7.02
Aluminum cans, crushed 33 gallons U.S. EPA 17.82
Aluminum cans, crushed 39 gallons U.S. EPA 31.06
Aluminum cans, crushed & uncrushed mix 1 cubic yard Tellus 91.4
Aluminum cans, uncrushed 1 full grocery bag U.S. EPA 1.5
Aluminum cans, uncrushed 13 gallons U.S. EPA 2.21
Aluminum cans, uncrushed 33 gallons U.S. EPA 5.61
Aluminum cans, uncrushed 39 gallons U.S. EPA 6.63
Aluminum cans (whole) 1 cubic yard U.S. EPA 65
Aluminum, chips 1 cubic foot FEECO 7-15
Aluminum/tin Cans commingled uncrushed 33 gallon USEPA 11.55

Ferrous Metals

Metal scrap 55 gallon U.S. EPA 226.5
Metal scrap cubic yard U.S. EPA 906
Metal, car bumper each U.S. EPA 40
Paint can 5 gallon U.S. EPA 2.21
Radiator, ferrous each U.S. EPA 20
Hanger (adult) each CalRecycle 0.14
Hanger (child) each CalRecycle 0.09
Tin can, ferrous #2.5 U.S. EPA 0.13
Tin can, ferrous #5 U.S. EPA 0.28
Tin can, ferrous #10 U.S. EPA 0.77
Tin coated steel cans 1 cubic yard U.S. EPA 850
Tin coated steel cans 1 case (6 #10 cans) U.S. EPA 22
Tin, tuna can (3/4 of #10), ferrous each U.S. EPA 0.58
Tin, cat food can, ferrous 8 oz. U.S. EPA 0.14
Tin, dog food can, large, ferrous 22 oz. U.S. EPA 0.22
Tin, dog food can, ferrous 15.5 oz. U.S. EPA 0.11
Tin, cast 1 cubic foot FEECO 455
Cast iron chips or borings 1 cubic foot FEECO 130-200
Iron cast ductile 1 cubic foot FEECO 444
Iron, ore 1 cubic foot FEECO 100-200
Iron, wrought 1 cubic foot FEECO 480
Steel, shavings 1 cubic foot FEECO 58-65
Steel, solid 1 cubic foot FEECO 487
Steel, trimmings 1 cubic foot FEECO 75-50
Brass, cast 1 cubic foot FEECO 519
Brass, scrap 1 cubic yard Tellus 906.43
Bronze, 1 cubic foot FEECO 552
Copper fittings, loose 1 cubic yard Tellus 1,047.62
Copper pipe, whole 1 cubic yard Tellus 210.94
Copper, cast 1 cubic foot FEECO 542
Copper, ore 1 cubic foot FEECO 120-150
Copper, scrap 1 cubic yard Tellus 1,093.52
Copper, wire, whole 1 cubic yard Tellus 337.5
Chrome ore (chromite) 1 cubic foot FEECO 125-140
Lead, commercial 1 cubic foot FEECO 710
Lead, ores 1 cubic foot FEECO 200-270
Lead, scrap 1 cubic yard Tellus 1,603.84
Nickel, ore 1 cubic foot FEECO 150
Nickel, rolled 1 cubic foot FEECO 541

*Source acronyms used

  • CalRecycle: California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
  • FEECO:  FEECO Incorporated
  • Tellus:  Tellus Institute, Boston Massachusetts
  • U.S. EPA:  United States Environmental Protection Agency (Business Users Guide)

Other conversion factor tables

Construction and Demolition | Glass, plastic, paper, and cardboard | Organics | Office Furniture

Appendix I | Table of Contents

Last updated: February 25, 2010
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