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Appendix 3: Schedule of Conversion Factors

Type of waste or diverted material

Description of waste or diverted material

Conversion factor

Waste or material in rubbish bags or carried in cars

Small loads (0.5 cubic metres or less) of uncompacted general waste or material, including bags of domestic and commercial refuse.

OR

Waste, or material, for diversion that is similar in density to loose and uncompacted recyclable containers, such as cans and plastic bottles.

0.130 tonnes (130 kg)/cubic metre
Uncompacted general waste or material

Larger loads (more than 0.5 cubic metres) of uncompacted waste or material from residential, commercial, industrial, construction and demolition (excluding cleanfill), and landscaping activities.

OR

Waste, or material, for diversion that is similar in density to timber or uncompacted cardboard and paper.

0.200 tonnes (200 kg)/cubic metre
Compacted waste or material

Waste or material carried in a compacted state (including in kerbside collection compactors, stationary compactors, and front-end loaders) and compacted bulk waste or material from transfer stations.

OR

Waste, or material, for diversion that is similar in density to whole glass bottles and loose light-gauge scrap metal.

0.320 tonnes (320 kg)/cubic metre
High-density waste or material

Waste or material composed of materials with a specific gravity greater than 1.0 (for example, concrete and masonry rubble, clay, soil, slags, sludges (including biosolids), ash, foundry sand, pomace (fruit pulp), and abattoir waste).

OR

Waste, or material, for diversion that is similar in density to crushed glass.

1.500 tonnes (1 500 kg)/cubic metre