Joseph C. Roselle was born July 11, 1936 in East Orange, New Jersey and is the youngest and sole survivor of 8 children. His father – Peter Roselle, came to the United States in 1911 and founded the family’s solid waste management and recycling business in 1914. He married Veronica Schettino in 1914 and together they had seven children – Therese, Arthur, Crescent, Ann, Louis, Angelina and Joseph.
Joseph graduated from East Orange High School and went on to attend Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Florida. After three and a half years at Florida Southern University, Joe was of 1 of only 2 students selected from 90 colleges throughout the country to attend American University and observe the inner workings of the Federal Government. After graduating from Florida Southern University, Joe enrolled in George Washington University Law School. He only stayed for one year – the family business beckoned. Upon his return home to New Jersey, Joe’s father and brothers welcomed him into the family waste and recycling business.
In 1961 Joe met his beloved wife, Anita Colavito, daughter of Thomas D. and Mary Colavito who were also in the waste disposal industry. They were married in September 1962. In 1964, the couple moved to Neptune, NJ, where Joe managed the newest Roselle waste management and recycling business. Soon after, Joe and Anita welcomed two children, Veronica Maria and Peter Thomas into the family. Peter married Kristina Luchento in 2008 and Joe and Anita are proud grandparents of Valentina Faith, now 10 years old.
Joseph became a true ambassador for the solid waste and recycling industries in New Jersey and for over 60 years, has been involved in the private sector of the industry, having owned and operated numerous companies, including Peter Roselle and Sons, Inc., Meadowbrook Carting Company., Mid Jersey Disposal Company, White Brothers Trucking Company and Ellesore Inc. Joe was also involved in the public sector as an executive operating business for SCA Services, Inc., USA Waste Services Inc. and Waste Management of NJ, Inc. Currently, Joe, his son, Peter Thomas Roselle and Steven Sciocia are the owners of Regional Industries, LLC., Waste Industries, LLC. and Meadowbrook Industries, LLC, providing solid waste and recycling transportation collection, servicing numerous municipalities, residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout New Jersey.
Joseph, along with his wife Anita are affiliated with many charities where they generously give their time, compassion and financial support to Hackensack Meridian Health Network, Monmouth Park Foundation, The ARC of Monmouth County, Brookdale Community College, Monmouth University, Count Basie Theatre of Red Bank, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Rainbow Foundation, Monmouth County Boy Scouts, Fulfill of Monmouth County, Parker House of Red Bank, NJ and the Visiting Nurses Association.
Joe has also been involved with the UNICO of Highland Beach, Florida and the Kiwanis of Ocean Township for decades. Joseph has supported Anita in all of her charitable efforts and has been often recognized, along with Anita at many charitable events. Joe’s father, Peter was honored by the Italian Tribune in January 1972 making this honor as Man of the Year a truly memorable event.