Like many boys of his age who love following their dad around, Ryan Hickman followed his dad to a recycling center to cash in few bags of cans and bottles, but unknown to his dad, the visit to the center was more than an exchange for 3-year old Ryan who notified his parents the next day he would like to start collecting empty bottles from neighbors
Ryan’s plan was to drop bags with the neighbors incase they have empty bottles for him. Did his plan work? Of course, it did, his neighbors keyed into the idea and so does friends and families.
Five years down the line, 8-year old Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA. Ryan is passionate about keep and recycles cans and bottles before they can reach the ocean where they can cause damages to the ecosystem.
Young Ryan has become famous for his creative and entrepreneurial spirit. He has received rewards and accolades from different parts of the country. He shot into limelight in 2016 when the story of his exploit went viral. He has since featured on websites, television and radio show around the planet.
In 2017, he was the CNN Young Wonder, he won the Festival of Children “FRED” Award in 2017, 2018 Wyland Foundation’s Ambassador for the Planet Award, 2018 Action For Nature ECO-HERO Award and many others.
Ryan has gathered 373,000 cans and bottle and has donated 8,000 dollars to a marine mammal rescue center, aside from this, he has saved another 10,000 dollars to take his business to the next level.
Brandon Frere, CEO of Frere enterprises is among notable people that have been drawn to the entrepreneurial spirit of Ryan.
In his own words, “This is a terrific story and, though you never know how things will turn out, it seems obvious that this kid has focus and determination,” said Frere. “I don’t know what I was doing at 3 years of age, but I don’t think I was starting my own business.”