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What would be the tag for a disused colliery tip? thanks.

asked 12 Aug '13, 15:36

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Burton wanderer
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edited 12 Aug '13, 17:58

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You might want to edit the title of your question to be a little bit more specific. This doesn't stand out much in the list of questions.

(12 Aug '13, 16:08) Chaos99

Thanks one and all, will take note.

(12 Aug '13, 16:42) Burton wanderer

Hi here’s a link to the region of Belgium, a mining residue is called Terrill (France), since most Terrills or pits are reused there’s hardly a tag. Consider landuse - colliery, colliery:disused or abandoned -fi coal_mine. Or use historic instead of disused / abandoned, both are not appropriate since the mine is hardly or impossible to reopen.

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answered 12 Aug '13, 20:20

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Some information on how to map specific objects are on the wiki page at . If you have something that is disused, the osm preference for that is the disused prefix. So, if you have a disused colliery tip, you could tag it disused:landuse=colliery_tip.

Another good way to see how to tag a specific thing is to look at others in the are and see how they are tagged. And taginfo, as mentioned.

A prominent german colliery tip is tagged simply as landuse=landfill. I would think that is bad, though, because then there is no distinction between a waste dump landfill and a coal dump tip.

So, to sum it up:

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answered 12 Aug '13, 16:22

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edited 12 Aug '13, 16:23

As always in OSM, there is no definitive answer to those more exotic tagging questions. You can always use an English dictionary and the site to determine likely candidates.


is used 258 times and probably the most appropriate one, at least in my opinion.

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answered 12 Aug '13, 16:07

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