S2SR: Tell me why you decided to go this route vs. the traditional one?
AH: I didn’t just land here. I have grown to the place I am today. Along with my mentality in the industry, it’s grown to where it is today. I used to arrange a big metal bin, taller than me, and that’s where the ‘garbage’ went. I never used to care about diverting landfill waste. When that ‘garbage’ went into that bin, it was out of sight, out of mind.
That mentality started changing once I started striving to be the best builder I could be. I try to stay humble in the industry in order to learn new things. Too many people in the construction industry stay in their routine and apply a copy and paste mentality to their profession. Once I started working on more progressive buildings, I knew that was the time I had to start practicing being a more progressive builder. Being a student of the game, I looked into all facets of the industry that I could improve in. Green building practices are constantly evolving and improving and I want to know that I’m at least trying to be on the forefront of that movement. Maybe it doesn’t mean I’m always building passive or Net Zero homes, but it certainly means I can look at every project and ask myself how we can improve.
S2SR: What have you learned through this process?
AH: The single most important thing I’ve learned is that having an environmental agenda does NOT blow the budget. Or at least it doesn’t have to mean that. Choosing your battles and pre planning the initiatives you want to implement just become a part of your routine. I’m also happy to say that I’ve learned the impact you can make is contagious. When people see you doing it the right way, and having pride in it, they get on board with your vision. I have the good fortune of being in a position where we can actually showcase our vision, with simple things like our waste management system on our sites. Don’t believe me? Come for a visit!
S2SR: If you had the superpower to be able to recycle a certain building material, what would that be?
AH: That’s a great question! Probably PVC and ABS. The harder you make things to dispose of, the less likely the masses will put their best efforts in disposing of it. Simpler, easier recycling solutions for PVC and ABS would be a great use of a superpower.
S2SR: Do you have any advice for builders who want to take the lead on landfill diversion but don't know where to start?
AH: My advice would be to start slow and be in it for the right reasons. Don’t go too fast in wanting to prove your point. Researching whom you want to align with and learn from is your best first step. If you try to jump right in without doing your homework, you might be one of those builders who say waste management is ‘expensive’ or ‘not worth it’. Working with the wrong people can also make your job more complicated, and possibly scaring you away from your initial goal.
But the biggest thing is caring. Nobody can care for you, but they will get behind you if you actually care. Once you care enough, your team will care as much as you. Then you’ll stand there one day and realize that you’ve actually made a difference. Don’t know who to call? How about the fine people at Sea to Sky Removal? How about us at Adisa Homes? We can show you examples of what it looks like to care.
If you feel stuck on where to start we would be happy to consult with you about waste management best practice and also set you up with our award-winning recycling stations so you can become a landfill diversion hero!