Ryan Hickman is 8 years old and is already saving for his college fund with profits from his recycling business. So far $21k and counting!
In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan decided that recycling was in his future
In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan went along with his dad to the local recycling center and cashed in a few small bags of cans and bottles and decided that recycling was in his future. Today, Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA and he has a passion to recycle that is amazing.
TV appearances for the young environmental activist
In December 2016 and January 2017, Ryan’s recycling story went viral and he was featured on hundreds of web sites and radio stations around the globe. He even appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show and was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest and featured on ABC World News and hundreds of ABC affiliate news stations around the world.
Main photo: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG
Be like Ryan: 10 ways to improve your recycling
Ryan has a unique passion for recycling and thanks to all of his customers, they are making a difference in the amount of recyclable beverage containers that aren’t making it back to the landfill. Those containers also aren’t making it to gutters and oceans where they harm animals and the environment. Be like Ryan.