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.