An autograph from recycling entrepreneur Ryan Hickman just got even cooler. Not only has the young recycler raised thousands of dollars for charity and recycled almost 300,000 cans and bottles, but he’s also recently mastered cursive.
Eight-year-old Ryan of California has been recycling cans and bottles with his dad for almost five years. This year, he’s issued a challenge to anyone who will join him to recycle 300,000 cans and bottles before May 1. The initiative is the product of years of work, but it started on a much smaller scale.
“Initially, it was just he and I going to our local recycling facility with just two small kitchen bags of plastic water bottles that we had used at the house,” says Ryan’s dad, Damion Hickman. The experience, unassuming as it was, was enough to get Ryan hooked, and the business was born.
Super cool event this morning at Aliso Beach. Ryan got to release his favorite seal (Heartbreaker). She is a Northern Fur Seal that was being rehabilitated by the crew at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Ryan’s donations make events like this possible. Learn how you can help by visiting www.beadoer.io/ryan or at www.ryansrecycling.com. See all the action here: https://www.diversityinsteam.com/2018/01/08/student-recycles-save-money-college/
Thank you to Ripplezoo.com out of Dublin, Ireland for making Ryan your hero of the week!
We would like to introduce our youngest #hero of this week. This is Ryan Hickman from #California. He is only 7 years old, but he is doing the greatest job for his age. When Ryan was three, he visited a local #recycling center with his dad. The experience of that day moved him to such an extent the kid decided to start collecting recyclables from his neighbors. Today, Ryan is the CEO, manager and employee of Ryan’s Recycling Company through which the #kid has recycled over 200,000 bottles and cans. Ryan’s efforts ensure all that #trash stays out of the landfill and the #oceans, and he has become a Youth Ambassador for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The boy says that he doesn’t remember what made it all start, but he remains passionate about the reason. – “It is because #bottles get to the ocean and then #animals get sick and die,” Ryan says. – To find out more about Ryan’s Recycling Company, please click on the following link: http://ryansrecycling.com/about/ . . . . #ripplezoo #charity #causes #nonprofit #makeadifference #changetheworld #dogood #volunteer #volunteering #change #help #support #dogood #begood #awareness #humanity #sea #pollution #recycle #motivation #inspiration #smile #happiness
Ryan was a guest on the Pickler & Ben show. Thank you Kellie and Ben – he had a great time in Nashville. See his appearance here: https://www.facebook.com/PicklerandBen/videos/1468064683310299/
Ryan’s dad, Damion wrote a guest blog article about Ryan on The Kind Life site. Check it out here: http://thekindlife.com/blog/2018/01/guest-blog-ryan-an-8-year-old-recycling-enthusiast/
Thank you Mental Floss for including Ryan in your story about kids making a difference!
Thank you to Diversity in Steam magazine for your December 2017 story on Ryan. https://www.diversityinsteam.com/2018/01/08/student-recycles-save-money-college/
Ryan was invited to attend the 2017 CNN Heroes Tribute show in NYC on Dec 17th! He made a bunch of new friends and got to check out New York City for a few days. It was an awesome trip and the chance to meet so many inspirational people was amazing. We’ll never forget this trip. Thank you to everyone who sent all the nice emails to Ryan about his show appearance and thank you to the producers at CNN who made this happen for Ryan.
Ryan’s story is shown here: http://www.cnn.com/videos/living/2017/12/15/cnnheroes-hickman-young-wonder-orig.cnn
Ryan’s live appearance in NYC shown here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/article/young-wonder-ryan-hickman/vp-BBH5Dnt