[Tagging] depreciate recycling:metal in favor of recycling:scrap_metal

Markus selfishseahorse at gmail.com
Thu Jan 2 11:50:24 UTC 2020

On Wed, 1 Jan 2020 at 22:35, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:
> then my suggestion would be the deprecation of scrap_metal in favor of metal. I could imagine though that the term scrap metal was introduced to distinguish it from other kinds of metal collection, like e.g. aluminum cans or aluminum foil
> so for me it seems plausible to have different tags for metal recycling, generally.

I can't see a difference between recycling:scrap_metal and
recycling:metal. If a distinction was intended, then a more clear tag
should have been chosen (e.g. recycling:iron or
recycling:magnetic_metal). Actually i would have preferred
recycling:metal (the additional scrap_ is unnecessary), but as
recycling:scrap_metal has been used nine times more often, it seems
sensible to deprecate it instead.

As for more specific metal recycling: some recycling containers for
tin and aluminum cans also accept small metal items like screws, nails
or chains. Maybe it makes sense to tag this. But how? Using
recycling:scrap_metal (or recycling:metal) would likely make people
wrongly assume that they can also dispose of larger pieces of metal
there (e.g. pots, pans, metal shelves or bicycle frames). What about

By the way, am i right that recycling:cans is for both tin and
aluminium cans (and thus implies recycling:aluminium)? Or is it only
for tin cans?

Wishing everyone a happy new year!

Best regards


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