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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = landfill
Landfill Hawaii.jpg
A site for permanent or long term storage of waste materials. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: Waste Processing
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Status: de facto


A site for permanent or long term storage of waste materials. Also known as a tip, dump, rubbish dump or dumping ground and historically as a midden.

Materials are sometimes buried or covered, sometimes simply piled.

How to map?

Draw the outline area of the landfill and tag it with landuse=landfill.

To distinguish between:

– Sanitary Landfill:
When it's formally established, official, controlled, made according to health and environmental standards
Use just landuse=landfill.

– Unofficial dumping grounds:
When it's informal, unofficial, uncontrolled, may be polluting waterways and underground waters, soil, etc.
Use landuse=landfill + informal=yes. (As proposed in tagging list).

Nuclear dump or cache

Retired/capped landfills

  • abandoned:landuse=landfill if the landfill is abandoned no longer visible (for example, capped and covered with grass or trees)



Description Photo
Domestic waste landfill Gorodskayasvalka.jpg
Deposition of hot slag Slivshlaka.jpg
Mining waste Otvalporod.jpg
Capped landfill

(Without natural covering)

Landfill gas collection from capped landfill area.jpg
Capped landfill mound

(With natural covering)

Mallard Lake Landfill Panorama.jpg

Related tags


Map of nuclear sectors around the world, including nuclear landfills: http://www.leretourdelautruche.com/map/nuke/?zoom=6&lat=47.49224&lon=2.29857&layers=B00TT

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