An object does not gain or loose its mass, its form remains constant. Although, an entirely new entity is generated when this same object goes through the state of repetition and an amalgamation is formed. This is known as an object scaling, since it is not tied to the individual piece but to the collection. Therefore, as a theoretical framework, scale is a very significant concept.
Example: The term "scale" needs to respond to the context of its application in garbage environments. For a singular piece of discarded plastic, it's scale takes on certain connotations. It might be an object that could cause damage, or something that might disrupt an otherwise pristine view of a landscape. However, a collection of these plastic pieces becomes something entirely different (see: Hoard).