[Tagging] [How to tag a] Depot for sand, earth, and other bulk materials

Bert -Araali- Van Opstal bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Tue May 18 13:27:07 UTC 2021

I tag them as man_made=bunker_silo 
<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:man_made%3Dbunker_silo>) and 
content=* (values like sand, gravel, salt etc...). Combine with 
landuse=commercial for the ones at depots for sale or landuse=industrial 
or landuse=construction for the piles not for sale to the general public.
I know the wiki says these are for agriculture but it's easy to extend 
(wiki) for other purposes. Bunker silos don't necessarily have 3 walls 
to contain the bulk material, as in your example I can't recognise any 
but essentially they are the same thing and serve the same purpose. Some 
have ditches around them or are pits, with the same purpose of 
containment and additionally collecting run-off in wet conditions.
Introducing another landuse or man_made tag seems ambiguous to me, 
especially using stockpile as some might be empty short or long term and 
then it would be to be defined as a pile or stock_pile.
Using the man_made tag is easy as they can be easily mapped and 
incorporated in all kinds of larger facilties let it be depots, 
factories, hardware stores, construction sites or just along roads as 
maintenance stock depots.


Bert Araali

On 18/05/2021 13:51, Peter Elderson wrote:
> Many municipalities have a terrain designated for storage of sand, 
> earth, clay, cleaned or to-be-cleaned soil, and other bulk materials 
> for building and landscaping projects. Not for a particular project, 
> but for all municipal projects involving bulk materials going in and 
> going out.
> How to tag?
> They are called depots, and I guess landuse=depot could include bulk 
> materials. It's not a big step from containers.
> I am unsure about a suitable value for depot=*.
> In Dutch, its is called a "grond-depot", that is "ground depot". Would 
> depot=ground be a reasonable tag? Seems too easy to be true...
> Peter Elderson
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