Proposed features/key=rubbish

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Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: Warin61
Tagging: rubbish=*
Applies to:
Definition: Describing features for the disposal of waste/rubbish.
Rendered as: depends on the value assigned
Drafted on: Warin61 (talk) 06:19, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Test of the support for a new top level tag of Key:rubbish=

Possible change of name from rubbish= to waste_collection= ? Probably a better name reflecting what you see on the ground .. a waste collection point such as a bin.

Do not fixate on the values of this key .. the values shown here are to demonstrate the possibly values, the number of values and are examples ONLY. If this passes then each value would be a separate proposal with separate comment and voting.


There are lost of types of rubbish (waste), including recycling .. and it may become difficult to mange them all under other top level tags. Most require a different rendering to identify the feature, and so a higher level tag would aid this. Unfortunately the name waste is already in use, thus it cannot be used here .. so the name 'rubbish' is used. Alternatively change the waste key to, say, waste_type (possible mechanical edit!) and then add the waste top level key. The problem with this is past & present mappers continuing to use the older waste= values... through habit.

For organizational purposes rubbish can be separated by its state; solid or liquid.


Covering an assortment of community facilities for the disposal of waste/rubbish.

Present rubbish related conflicts

The presently existing used tags total 7 and are;



These use the sub tag of waste= to specify the type of waste.


Uses a sub tag to identify the type of waste/s.

The presently in use tags but undocumented tags are;



The other tags are;

amenity=dumpstation (abandoned - not in use)

waterway=waste_disposal (depreciated - to amenity=waste_disposal)


American terms have been used in the tag waste= e.g. 'trash', this has been replace here by the more British 'rubbish'. Another American term is 'dumpster', recommend 'skip' to be used if required.


Possibly best separate by size (I've used the volume terms commonly used here in Australia.. any British input?)

Large - skip bins - over say 3 m^3 (3,000 liters? )

medium - wheelie bins - 120 liters, 240 liters.. others?

small - bins - 50 liters or less?


I've included this as part of the rubbish system.

Possible additional keys

tag rubbish:recycling=yes/no/partial ? or a simple sub tag recycling=yes/no/partial ? Unfortunate the rubbish= keys would still remain for those places where recycling does not take place (so why separate the rubbish? Or where the recycling status is unknown)

Possible Values

What are the possible values for this key, 27 so far? I've includes ones in use, and those documented in OSM. I think each of these will need there own proposals.. if the rubbish key is accepted. So don't worry about these - they are one example only.


rubbish=rubbish_bin - less than 50 liters (0.5m^3?) receptacle for general pedestrian waste

rubbish=cigarettes - for the disposal for cigarettes buts and ash - small say less than 10 litres

rubbish=sharps - for the disposal of syringes and needles, common in medical area for the safe disposal of needles

rubbish=paper - for the disposal of paper, may be used for recycling. May include cardboard.

rubbish=household_bin - for the disposal of waste generated by a domestic household. Usually a wheelie bin.

rubbish=household_recycling - for the recycling of waste generated by a domestic household. Typically contains paper wrapping/products, plastic wrapping/products, metal products, contents may vary by region. Usually a wheelie bin.

rubbish=green_waste - for the disposal/recycling of garden clippings.

rubbish= metal_ferrous - for the disposal/recycling of ferrous metals.

rubbish= metal_nonferrous - for the disposal/recycling of nonferrous metals. eg aluminum cans. May be further subdivided by metal type e.g. copper, aluminum

rubbish= metal - for the disposal/recycling of both ferrous and nonferrous metals.

rubbish= plastics - for the disposal/recycling of plastics. eg PET bottles. May be further subdivided by type. Use the triangle numbers 1 to 7?

rubbish= glass - for the disposal/recycling of glass e.g. glass bottles. Maybe further subdivided by colour.

rubbish=drugs - for the collection of pharmaceuticals / medicine / drugs. Size?

rubbish=rubble - for the collection of builders waste - usually a skip bin, may be recycled as fill.

rubbish=clothing - for recycling of clothing.

rubbish=white_goods for the collection of fridges, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, cloth washers.

rubbish=electrical. for the collection of electrical items, other than white goods.

rubbish=asbestos. for the disposal of asbestos.

rubbish=drugs for the collection of drugs. Usually found within a medical facility or pharmacy.

rubbish=tyres for the disposal of vehicle tyres

rubbish=printer_consumables for the disposal of printer cartridges, ink jet cartridges?


rubbish=oil -for the disposal of used oil

rubbish=dog_excrement - for the disposal of dog excrement after it has been picked up and bagged, commonly found on the edge of parkland used for dog walking

rubbish=excrement - for the disposal of human excrement, commonly used by boats. Maybe called 'black water'.

rubbish=chemical_toilet - for the disposal of human excrement where it has been deposited in a chemical toilet, commonly used by caravans, RVs.

rubbish=grey_water - ( e.g. from showers and dish washing). This can be recycled e.g toilet flushing, garden watering.




This arises out of the need for more tags for rubbish facilities; the options for these new tag are;

A) More values under the key amenity such as amenity=waste_dump_station?

B) More values under amenity=waste_disposal in the key waste=?


C) New top level key rubbish= with new values under that?

Use the tagging group for comments, the talk page if you must.


Depending on the comments made .. 3 weeks time for the start of voting 9 Feb. .. possible end 3 weeks after that 2 Mar.

Instructions for voting. - NOT OPEN YET.

Log in to the wiki - top right corner of the page -scroll up.

Then scroll down to voting and click on 'edit'.

Copy and paste for

yes - {{vote|yes}} ~~~~

no - {{vote|no}} ~~~~ Please state your reason/s for opposition! This may help a new proposal better fit your requirements.