I would distinguish between an amenity=waste_* for structures
that are open for everybody to bring their waste, with or without fee,
thus as a POI somebody would navigate to (where can I bring my waste),
and the cabinet=waste merely describing the street inventory
(what is that odd locked box for).

johnw wrote on 2014-10-31 07:00:
I was going to suggest "Waste Transfer station" 
But after reading the wiki for it, it was not at all what I expected.

In America, at least in most suburban areas, waste is collected from individual 
residences via bins/cans on the street with(enormous) trucks, so there is no 
static transfer points whatsoever, it goes from curb to landfill directly.

In Japan, There are static waste collection "Garbage stations" [ゴミ ステーション] per 
street or area, and are often large, steel, screened cages that are stuffed full of 45 
liter bags. There is no possible way fro a truck to service the myriad of little tiny 
buildings, some of them only on walking paths - even in cities of 100K people, so there 
is a garbage station for every 20-30 houses or so, or one for a large apartment or 
company. Temporary ones are merely nets to keep the crows off the bags, but most are 
permanent ones worth mapping.

My local garbage station (2 cabinets)  http://goo.gl/maps/VLgMP
a full one nearby http://goo.gl/maps/eqVS3

although some are old and look disused, they are used daily or weekly by the 
populace, and mapping them would be useful on a very local level (like the 
cabinets in general).

Please add a line item for waste transfer, similar to the postal transfer - 
this is a missing step in the garbage collection, and a cabinet that have been 
Also, I suggest also adding "sliding" for the door hinge option (as the second 
one has no hinges)


On Oct 31, 2014, at 6:08 AM, Tom Pfeifer wrote:

François Lacombe wrote on 2014-10-30 21:42:
I would suggest street_cabinet=garbage for the equipment you've mentioned.

maybe =waste is more consistent with existing tags such as
amenity=waste disposal, amenity=waste basket or

Garbage is less used in tags so far.

A cabinet is a feature where workers can't enter.
A building is the opposite.
Then, substations and other stuff can be divided between those two sorts.

That's a very plausible distinction and should be documented.


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