[Tagging] Wiki on amenity=waste_disposal Rewrite?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Tue Feb 3 01:05:19 UTC 2015

The key:amenity=waste_disposal has a sub key 
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:waste where some of the things 
you mention as stated. These presently are;

  * *waste*=trash
    - (for trash/rubbish)
  * *waste*=excrement
    - (for /excrement evacuation systems/ for boats)
  * *waste*=oil
    - (for motoroil, diesel and emulsions)
  * *waste*=chemical_toilet
    - (for chemical toilets)
  * *waste*=grey_water
    - (for soapy water, like from showers and dish washing)
  * *waste*=drugs
    - to subtag a special container for the collection of
    pharmaceuticals / medicine / drugs
  * *waste*=organic

  * *waste*=plastic

  * *waste*=rubble

  * *waste*=scrap_metal

The key:waste=excrement already exists as a sub tag under 
amenity=waste_disposal but the main page is not consistent with that ..

Either the main page is wrong to exclude excrement OR the waste page is 
wrong to include it. Take your pick.I vote for excrement on the main 
wiki page, not for its exclusion.

The main page also mentions "A place where canal boaters, caravaners 
etc. can dispose of rubbish (trash/waste)."  better expressed as "A 
place where people can dispose of waste."?There are a few of these kind 
of statements that are tending to exclude things .. when there is no 
alternative and where the key:waste= includes them.

I'd think bins dedicated to recycling would be better tagged using the 
existing amenity=recycling 
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Drecycling .

On 3/02/2015 11:36 AM, Dave Swarthout wrote:
> The problem is that "waste" as currently defined in the wiki refers to 
> things you want to dispose of that would come out of a home or office, 
> things like table scraps, cans and bottles, paper, discarded packaging 
> materials. My term for this is trash or garbage. These days much of 
> that is recycled, especially in certain environmentally aware 
> communities, but that's far from being the general case. As usual, 
> there are differing definitions for these terms depending on where you 
> live and what you are accustomed to.
> If you rewrite the wiki definition of amenity=waste_disposal to 
> include sewage I think you'll invite a lot of extra discussion and run 
> into a dead end with your proposal. Using it with a subkey like 
> waste=sewage might be a better approach but then there needs to be a 
> bunch of other waste=* subkeys for recyclable items, paper items, etc.
> On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 6:21 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com 
> <mailto:61sundowner at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     Reading the wiki on key:amenity=waste_disposal
>     http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dwaste_disposal
>     says .. it is not for 'watery waste disposal' .. yet the key:waste
>     says it is for 'watery waste disposal'!!!!
>     It needs a rewrite into a sensible thing! That is consistent!  
>     And does not reference old history but simply states what it it
>     for and how to use it...
>     Any objections to a rewrite .. you can if you wish leave it to me
>     .. (with possible speeelin errors and auto corrections) ?
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