The biggest story in the waste and recycling industry in 2017 came with little warning. One morning in July, China registered with the World Trade Organization its intent to forbid 24 kinds of solid wastes by the end of 2017.
Much of the second half of the year was dominated by municipal solid waste departments, haulers, recyclers and other stakeholders in the industry trying to make sense of China's move and adjust for a new reality. Eventually, China slightly softened its proposed contamination standards, but industry officials are continuing to try to push back as the deadline for complying with the new standards looms.
Other big themes for 2017 included the industry's embrace of technology in all facets of how business gets done. There were also a handful of big acquisitions that grabbed headlines.
And coverage of the industry's largest event, WasteExpo, was also a popular feature.
In this gallery, we present to you our top 10 stories for 2017.
To see the full versions of the stories, click the links at the end of each caption in the slide show.