Rebecca Norman wrote:One issue with these is that mice love the habitat made from crumpled plastic and paper. Your garbage being all cans and bottles might not have that problem.
Rebecca Norman wrote:I think if you've got cans and bottles to use up, it might make more sense to make a cob wall and plaster them in, rather than ferro-cement on the outside of gabions filled with cans and bottles. What is going to hold these walls up in the vertical? The strength of the gabion mesh? The ferro-cement shell? When the wall has to come down, the ferro-cement will be additional garbage, whereas a cob wall can be re-mixed into cob or garden soil, and the original cans and bottles removed.
Rebecca Norman wrote:Don't be so sure floods or other disasters can never happen! I was thinking of our office in town, where we used the double wall with garbage gap described above. We had to remove the outer wall and the garbage insulation after a very unexpected flood. There was a major flash flood in a big dry wash a couple of miles away, and the extent of construction in the generations since there was last any water in that valley made the floodwater divert to unexpected areas. The back of our office was left 4 feet deep in mud, and so once we dug it out, we had to remove the outer wall and garbage insulation because they were soaking wet.