The truck drives onto a scale at the disposal facility where an initial weight is recorded (gross weight).  The truck then empties the contents of the dumpster.  Next, the truck drives onto a second scale that records the weight of the truck and the empty dumpster (tare weight).  The difference between the first and second weights (gross – tare) is the weight of the debris in the dumpster.  The scales are regulated by state bureaus of weights and measures.

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Where Does the Trash Go in Atlanta?

When you toss something in the garbage, you may never stop to wonder where it goes next. Or maybe, you join your kids’ excitement when the garbage truck comes – but never question where it goes after your neighborhood.  Atlanta produces 17.4 million tons of trash every year! That’s nearly the total weight of an […]

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Where Does the Trash Go in Washington, D.C.?

You may not stop to think about your trash after it makes its way to the trash can, but what exactly happens next?  The District of Washington reported that in 2018 the Department of Public Works (DPW) collected 1,139,846 tons of waste and recyclables – including tires, hazardous waste, yard trimmings, biofuel, and waste-to-energy. Waste […]

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Where Does the Trash Go In Philadelphia?

When you have something you never want to see again, all you need to do is throw it away, and it vanishes forever. But when we think about it, we know it has to be more complicated than that. And it is! Keep reading to learn what happens to the trash that Philadelphians throw away. Reducing […]

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