The Benedetto family ties to the History of Recycling
Reused by permission from the Cracos Society
The Benedetto family was among the earliest immigrants from Craco, Italy arriving in the early 1880s and for the most part, lacked the skills that could be easily transferred to the new metropolitan environment in New York City but were willing and able laborers.
Our records tell us that between 1880 and 1900 only about 387 Cracotans had immigrated to the US. It is documented that in 1896, what has been called “the first major recycling center” was started by the Benedetto family in New York City. They collected rags, newspaper, and trash with a push cart.