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generally, it takes 3 normal sized trash bags (30 gal) stuffed full, to get close to a cyd. There isn't really any formula I can give you. It takes time and experience to be able to guage cubic yardage visually, when all the stuff is strown all over a yard or floor. It's kinda like riding a bike. Someone can tell you how to do it, but until it's you trying to keep your balance and pedal...well, you know how that goes.
It's best to build you a cubic yard frame. you can do this out of wood or pvc pipe. And just memorize it's volume. Maybe set the frame up in your office or just outside the door, so you can look at it often.
For an example: A queen mattress is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long and around 10 inches high. That makes 48,000 cubic inches or 27.78 cubic feet or just over 1 cubic yard. And that's just the mattress. Looking at a mattress standing against a wall, it's hard to tell how big it is in cubic yardage. Until you done the math and looked at enough of them.
I read this somewhere and it's good advice - if there is no profit in it, we’re not going to move it. We will move one cubic yard of gold bullion for free. One cubic yard of crushed stone in the front yard of a vacant home is going to cost considerably more than the allowable.