Ryan Hickman has recycled over 2,00,000 bottles and cans. And thanks to his recycling efforts, he ended up earning $21,000.
It's never too late to recycle, and it's never too early to start off the good habit either. One clever 7-year-old has taken his passion for recycling and has managed to pocket a considerable profit from his environment-saving obsession!
Shore Buddies Ocean Newsletter #10/2019 - Ryan Hickman - He recycled over half a million bottles and cans since he is 4 years old 🐢💚♻... - https://t.co/koJLsMxfZ0#shorebuddies #forouroceans #planetorplastic #ryansrecycling #plasticocean #oceancleanup #recycling pic.twitter.com/cBw9xAb5ze— Shore Buddies 💙🐢🐬🐳🐋 🦈🏝🌊 (@ShoreBuddies) March 6, 2019
Ryan Hickman may be in grade school, but the kid from California is pretty determined to be the change he wants to see in the world! The 7-year-old has recycled over 2,00,000 bottles and cans, and thanks to his recycling efforts, he ended up earning $21,000.
#NeedToKnow @MackTrucks' fifth episode of its "RoadLife" series highlights 8-year-old Ryan Hickman of @ryans_recycling as he trades in the family pickup for a Mack LR refuse model. https://t.co/S5BJzpghGQ (Congrats, dude! 👍) pic.twitter.com/GqbyglqP3Q— Waste360 (@Waste360) August 27, 2018
It wasn't a passion that started overnight. According to CNN, Ryan began recycling at the tender age of 3 after he paid a visit to the rePlanet Recycling center in California. The trip had a lasting impact on young Ryan who made it his life's mission to make sure that trash stays out of the ocean and other water bodies.
With a lower floor height and large grab handles, the Mack LR proves it’s designed with all drivers in mind, even #RoadLife's Ryan Hickman, young owner of @ryans_recycling. Download the LR brochure https://t.co/tUsjKeaKPN pic.twitter.com/yBoFAPk9RI— Mack Trucks (@MackTrucks) August 28, 2018
Ryan's goal is backed up by a simple thought: he doesn't want the trashed plastic ending up in the oceans, inevitably destroying ocean life. "It's because bottles get to the ocean and then animals get sick and die," he said.
Young activist shoutout: Ryan Hickman @ryans_recycling has organized his community to recycle more than 275,000 cans and bottles -- and he's only 8 years old. He loves recycling and wants to help save the planet. Let's follow Ryan's lead.— Alexandra Styron (@alstyron1) November 4, 2018
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Thanks to his efforts, Ryan is now the Youth Ambassador of the Pacific Marine Mammal Centre which is an organization that is currently working towards rescuing and rehabilitating marine animals.
9-year-old Ryan Hickman of @ryans_recycling has just been chosen to be the spokesperson of the #nonprofit organization @RecycleAcrossAm (RAA). RAA is trying to get more people to #recycle by standardising recycling labels all across the US! 🌎🌿https://t.co/HEBf7qLl1l— Sustainable Lifestyle Consultant (@SustainLifeCon) March 6, 2019
But his hobby soon blossomed and turned into a growing business. Four years of collecting recyclables helped Ryan establish 'Ryan's Recycling Company' and he has over 50 paying customers who use his services.
Congratulations to this year's Young Hero Award winner, Ryan Hickman! Ryan is nine years old and has a passion for ♻️ to prevent 🗑 from reaching the 🌊. Through his recycling project, Ryan hopes to raise awareness to help save the 🌎. Learn more at https://t.co/WrppgtyL2e pic.twitter.com/e06sVjFQCs— Aquarium of the Pacific (@AquariumPacific) March 16, 2019
Ryan's profits from his business are being put towards his future college education. But the 7-year-old has a different dream for the money, Ryan hopes that the $21,000 that he has collected can be put towards a new garbage truck.
Check out our new episode on Spark! https://t.co/2C4FXnUo3f— Entrepreneur Kid (@EntrepreneurKid) May 8, 2019
We invited Ryan Hickman, the founder of Ryan’s Recycling Company and has recycled over 460,000 cans and bottles.
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The young entrepreneur hasn't just cashed in on the recycling opportunity. His company website sells t-shirts and trucker hats branded with the company name. The proceeds from those go to the Pacific Marine Mammals Centre. So far, Ryan has donated over $3,700.