Waste360's 2016 40 Under 40

Meet Waste360's 40 Under 40 for 2016

The idea seemed simple: Identify the next generation of leaders in the waste and recycling space. Ask for nominations. Review the results. Come up with a list of 40 pros in the space who are shaping the future of the industry.

We looked for balance. We wanted all facets of the industry represented. We wanted people with different experiences and disparate entry points into the industry. We wanted diversity. You'll find pros on this list that are second- or third-generation haulers. You'll find others that started their careers in other fields entirely and only found their way to waste and recycling more recently.

This year's 40 Under 40 winners work across every part of the waste and recycling industry imaginable. The public sector is represented, as are haulers. We have pros working on the cutting edges when it comes to processing organics or development technology. There are composters, recycling pros and product suppliers.

And they all have one thing in common: They are looking to help chart the course for the waste and recycling industry in the years to come. They're building new businesses. They are solving problems. They are wrestling with the big challenges and finding the new opportunities.

In the weeks and months ahead, we'll be posting longer interviews and profiles of each of the winners. So you'll get a chance to know them better as the year rolls on.