Paper Recycling in Rodney

Background information: (From http://www.rodney.govt.nz/EnvironmentalCare/rubbishrecycling/Pages/KerbsideRecycling.aspx) Tie up flattened paper and cardboard with string or put in a plastic bag no larger than your blue recycling bin.  Flattened card or paper can also be placed in sealed cardboard boxes, as long as the box is no larger than your blue bin. I sent the following email to…

Scientists Report Success in Biodegrading Pretreated BPA Plastics With Fungus

From GoodCleanTech: Mukesh Doble and Trishul Artham, of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, grew cultures of three different kinds of fungi on polycarbonate plastic (including the industrial-strength white-rot fungus, which has been shown before to effectively biodegrade industrial pollutants). Duble and Artham found that the fungi grew best on plastic pretreated with ultraviolet light…

“Thin” or “Slim” tiles

I read the following article and was wondering how those slim tiles would perform in NZ conditions (ie timber frame, moving with various moisture loads, particularly radiata pine). From my experience, the thinner the tiles, the better the substrate has to be. You have less tolerance to play with ie mediating substrate unevenness. They have…