Joe Benedetto is a third-generation member of the recycling and solid waste industry. After graduating from the American University in Washington, DC, Benedetto worked for Stone Container as a mill buyer, where he oversaw recycled fiber purchases and procurement strategies for 12 paper mills along the east coast of the U.S. and Canada.
Benedetto began working for his family at Tidewater Fiber Corp., one of the earliest single-stream collection and processing facilities in the U.S. In 2005, he started Recycling and Disposal Solutions (RDS). Today, RDS operates three state-certified recycling facilities and is one of the largest recycling companies in Virginia.