Enter the total weight of waste and the total volume of the waste to calculate the average solid waste density.

Solid Waste Density Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Solid Waste Density .


  • Where SWD is the solid waste density (lbs/ft^3)
  • TW is the total weight (lbs)
  • TV is the total volume (lbs)

To calculate solid waste density, divide the total weight in pounds by the total volume.

What is a Solid Waste Density?


A solid waste density is a measure of the average density of a collection of waste that occupies a given area. This information is used to waste treatment and disposal plants.

How to Calculate Solid Waste Density?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Solid Waste Density.

First, determine the total weight of the waste. In this case, the total weight is measured to be 500 lbs.

Next, determine the total volume of the waste. This waste occupies a volume of 10 ft^3.

Finally, calculate the solid waste density using the formula above:


SWD = 500/ 10

SWD = 50 lbs/ft^3