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Beach Clean Up With SUN BUM & New Van Donated to Project3R From SC Johnson!

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What an awesome event! We had a nice breakfast and then did a beach clean up with the West Coast crew from SUN BUM (thanks for hosting the event). After the clean up, we looked at micro plastic from water samples we took at the beach under a microscope. It was crazy to see plastic in the tiniest forms. Thank you so much to the SC Johnson Company for giving me a van today to help with my Project3R events. What an amazing surprise! This van will definitely get put to use and the best part is it’s electric! Look for it at upcoming events.

Ryan Tours Rehrig Pacific Company

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This past week I toured Rehrig Pacific Company. They are located North of Los Angeles and they’ve been making trash bins since 1913! They used to make bins out of wood long time ago but now they make bins and all sorts of other containers, pallets and stackable container holders (like the kind that holds soda bottles) out of recycled plastic. I met them at Waste Expo last month and I wanted to learn more so I asked for a tour. Their facility is amazing! I even got to help assemble a trash bin.

Did you know that all of the trash bins they make have a trackable bar code that can tell how many times the container was dumped, and if it was picked up? I saw the big molds that make the bins and I had no idea there were so many colors of trash, recycle and compost bins. As you can imagine, their warehouse was huge and they have facilities all over the country. Next time you recycle a plastic bottle, it might just get made into your next trash bin. Thank you Rehrig for the the tour and keep up the great work!

Ryan Tours POLYWOOD With Sammie Vance

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When Polywood contacts you and asks if you’d like to tour their facility in Northern Indiana, you do a little research. Ryan saw the word recycled in their product description and said, “We’re going”. To make the trip even better, his friend, Sammie Vance from SAMMIE’S BUDDY BENCHES lives nearby so it was a win win to visit with her and her family and to take an awesome tour of Polywood.
During the 3 hour tour, we learned that Polywood makes amazing outdoor furniture made out of recycled #2 plastic containers. Ryan and Sammie got to tour their entire facility from start to finish to see how their recycled products are made and each family got a set of their amazing Adirondack  sets. What a great way to make sure those old milk jugs don’t go in a landfill! Check out their product line! We’re hoping to be more involved with Polywood in the future and keep an eye out for a video on Ryan’s social media soon of his tour with Sammie. Thank you Polywood!

Ryan wins Shane McConkey EcoChallenge BLACK DIAMOND Award!

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I’m excited to share that I just won the 2022 Black Diamond division of the Shane McConkey EcoChallenge. The $6000 prize money is being donated to Project3R to help fund classroom education and support clean up events to keep our planet clean. Thank you so much to the Shane McConkey EcoChallenge and all the sponsors of their organization to make this happen. Congrats to all the other winners as well!
Yes, this check is actually bigger than me. To learn more about the Shane McConkley Eco Challenge click here.

Viva Las Vegas!

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Ryan attended Waste Expo this week in Las Vegas Nevada and spent his time checking out all the amazing products and services as well as conducting interviews on behalf of Waste360. Ryan’s meet and greet session at the Waste360 Lounge went great and he spoke to people and took photos with fans. Thank you to everyone who said hi to him during the show and Ryan’s looking forward to the 2023 show which will be in New Orleans. See you next year!

Ryan honored as California’s 49th District Constituent of the Month

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April 26, 2022

Rep. Mike Levin Celebrates Earth Day by Honoring Local Environmentalist Ryan Hickman as April Constituent of the Month

Oceanside, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that Ryan Hickman, a 13-year-old resident of San Juan Capistrano, is his April Constituent of the Month. To celebrate Earth Day and National Volunteer Month, Rep. Levin is proud to recognize the remarkable work Ryan is doing to protect our planet and oceans and contribute to this unique and beautiful district.

At the age of three, Ryan started bringing bottles and cans to his local recycling center with his father. He then began asking his neighbors and friends for their recyclables. Now, Ryan is leading recycling efforts around the world and has been internationally recognized for his recycling company’s work, including by Time Magazine and the Global Child Prodigy Awards. To date, Ryan has passionately and tirelessly worked to recycle over 1.5 million cans and bottles, preventing them from entering our waterways and oceans.

See below for Rep. Levin’s statement recognizing Ryan Hickman in the Congressional Record:

“Madam Speaker, it is my great honor to recognize San Juan Capistrano resident Ryan Hickman as my April Constituent of the Month. Ryan began recycling for his family at the early age of three, and since then he has grown his passion to helping people all over world recycle and be better stewards of the planet.

“Growing up, Ryan pursued his passion of preventing bottles and cans from reaching the ocean, and he now leads clean ups all over the world. To this day, Ryan spends a part of every week sorting through cans and bottles from his customers and getting them ready to take to the recycling center. I am proud he has combined his passion of recycling and protecting the environment with volunteerism to support our community and conserve its beauty.

“During National Volunteer Month and on Earth Day, I am proud to celebrate the exceptional work of individuals like Ryan Hickman who volunteer their time and contribute to our unique and beautiful district. I’m so grateful for CA-49 residents who dedicate their lives to the betterment of our residents and planet, and I’m proud to honor Ryan Hickman as my April Constituent of the Month.”

Representative Levin’s Constituent of the Month program recognizes outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County Residents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and represent the best of our country. Rep. Levin’s March Constituent of the Month was local Olympic Gold Medalist Kaillie Humphries. His February Constituents of the Month were Cynthia and W.B. May, veterans and owners of Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions in Oceanside.

To nominate a resident of the 49th District to be the Constituent of the Month, fill out this nomination form.


    Ryan Featured as Community Hero at Anaheim Ducks Game

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    Today the Anaheim Ducks are auctioning team autographed green jerseys and all the proceeds go to Project3R! Visit anaheimducks.com/ingameauctions or Text DUCKS to 76278 to enroll!
    I had a super fun time last night at the Ducks/Kings game. They gave me a Community Hero Award and I was on the Jumbotron telling people how to be better at recycling. They gave me an official team jersey with my name on it and was an amazing night talking to fans and going out on the ice for my award. I wanted to say thank you again to all the Ducks and Kings fans who joined us a few weeks ago for the Long Beach clean up event we had. We cleaned up the beach and together picked up nearly 500 lbs of trash!
    Hockey season is almost over but I’ll be wearing this jersey next season when I’m watching the Ducks play in 2023. Go Ducks!