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A container or centre that accepts waste for recycling. Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Waste Processing
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Status: approved

Recycling is used for a container or centre that accepts waste for recycling, and donations of used goods. This tag should not be used if the waste is not recycled!

Recycling type

To further refine the type of recycling use, we should add the recycling_type=* key.


You can further describe the materials you're able to recycle or donate. Please expand this list. If there is at least one of the following materials tagged, the default value for the rest is no. For example, if a feature is tagged amenity=recycling+recycling:glass_bottles=yes then recycling:aluminium=no is implied.

Tag Description
recycling:aerosol_cans=yes/no Home and DIY (etc.) aerosol cans (e.g. hairspray, spray paint, etc.)
recycling:bags=yes/no All kinds of bags.
recycling:batteries=yes/no Household batteries (e.g. D-cell, 9-volt). Does not imply larger batteries are accepted. There are a handful of uses of recycling:car_batteries.
recycling:belts=yes/no All belts related to clothing.
recycling:beverage_cartons=yes/no Carton package (multi-materials, e.g. Tetra Pak) for drink and food – possible duplicate of more frequently used recycling:cartons; see above
recycling:books=yes/no Donation of books
recycling:car_batteries=yes/no Some facilities will take household batteries but not car batteries
recycling:cartons=yes/no Paper based cartons (for drink or food)
recycling:cds=yes/no Compact discs and DVDs
recycling:christmas_trees=yes/no Place where old christmas trees are collected, use with opening_hours=Jan 01-Jan 15 or so.
recycling:clothes=yes/no Donation of clothes, including shoes (e.g. Humana and others)


recycling:coffee_capsules=yes/no Shows if recycling facilities take coffee capsules
recycling:drugs=yes/no Expired drugs.
recycling:electrical_items=yes/no Larger electrical items like fridges, freezers, dishwashers, etc. (See also recycling:white_goods below, which tends to mean fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens in British English; we'd probably choose recycling:electrical_items or recycling:small_appliances for appliances like TVs, vacuum cleaners, microwaves and anything smaller)
recycling:foil=yes/no Kitchen foil/ tin foil
recycling:furniture=yes/no Piece of furniture or furnishing (ES: mueble)
recycling:gas_bottles=yes/no Pressurized gas bottles such as those for camping propane and butane. These are often prohibited elsewhere (See Coleman's Green Key program).
recycling:glass=yes/no Implies recycling:glass_bottles=yes, but there's no standard yet for indicating which of the trickier types (drinking glasses, window glass, light bulb glass, tempered glass, borosilicate glass, Pyrex) are accepted
recycling:glass_bottles=yes/no Includes jars but not any of the trickier types listed above under recycling:glass
recycling:green_waste=yes/no FIXME: What's the difference between green waste and garden waste
recycling:garden_waste=yes/no FIXME: What's the difference between green waste and garden waste
recycling:hazardous_waste=yes/no Common house hold hazardous waste (paints, chemicals, asbestos).
recycling:hardcore=yes/no Possible duplicate of more frequently used recycling:rubble; see below.
recycling:metal=yes/no All sorts of metal – possible duplicate of more frequently used recycling:scrap_metal; see below.
recycling:organic=yes/no Organic remains of food that are recycled into biogas or compost
recycling:pallets=yes/no Wooden shipping pallets
recycling:pens=yes/no Writing instruments, usually plastic pens
recycling:PET=yes/no This usually includes PET (or PETE: Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles
recycling:plasterboard=yes/no This usually includes all loose plaster, based on Gypsum
recycling:plastic=yes/no In the UK at least, often centres/containers will distinguish between (broadly) hard plastics (typically ones that shatter), soft plastics (typically bendy food packaging; black food plastic may be an exception), carrier bags, and all other stretchy plastics. Many will accept only a subset of these, so try to pick more specific categories if you can.
recycling:plastic_bottles=yes/no Often they allow bottles but not other plastic items!
recycling:plastic_packaging=yes/no Other packaging made out of plastic
recycling:polystyrene_foam=yes/no Polystyrene foam. Can be Styrofoam™, generic extruded polystyrene foam, or generic expanded polystyrene foam.
recycling:printer_cartridges=yes/no See below for more specific restrictions, not all centres do both ink and toner (e.g. Ross on Wye)
recycling:rubble=yes/no Bricks and building rubble; see also recycling:hardcore above.
recycling:small_electrical_appliances=yes/no Small electrical items such as computer mice, keyboards, electric razors, pocket radios, hair dryers, irons, electric kettles, small quantities of electric cables, etc.
recycling:styrofoam=yes/no Typically refers to expanded styrofoam, such as styrofoam box or packing material
recycling:waste=yes/no General waste container (black bags) (don't use this if the waste is not recycled, use a tag like amenity=waste_disposal or amenity=waste_basket instead)
recycling:white_goods=yes/no In British English this only means fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens; see also recycling:electrical_items and recycling:small_appliances above, which might be better suited for appliances like TVs, vacuum cleaners, microwaves and anything smaller)

Useful combinations

  • operator=* - responsible organization
  • opening_hours=* - useful for tagging opening hours centres or usage period of containers


Recycling container Underground container Recycling centre
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recycling_type=container recycling_type=container

Related tags

  • amenity=waste_basket - A single small container for depositing garbage that is easily accessible for pedestrians.
  • amenity=waste_disposal - A medium size disposal bin, typically for bagged up household or industrial waste. May be in the street, but not primarily for use by passing pedestrians.
  • amenity=waste_transfer_station: A location that accepts, consolidates and transfers waste in bulk, usually from government or commercial collections.
  • landuse=landfill: A site for the disposal of waste materials by burial.
  • shop=second_hand: A shop that sells second-hand products, possible collected through donation containers.

See also