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A site for permanent or long term storage of waste materials. Show/edit corresponding data item.
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Group: landuse
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Status: de facto
Main article: Waste Processing

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.

Sites might be maintained even after closure, the gas from rotting processes might be harvested.

The tag should be used as long as the characteristics as a landfill are recognisable.
If a site with inactive waste (e.g. construction rubble) is reused, e.g. for recreational purposes, the lifecycle prefixes can be used to indicate the buried waste underground. The landuse=* tag can reflect the current use.

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 and no longer visible (for example, capped and covered with grass or trees, re-used for recreation or building ground)
  • landuse=landfill + disused=yes for landfills which are still present on the ground, but are no longer in operation. They might be maintained, rotting gas might getting harvested.


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