Ryan Hickman, the founder of Ryan’s Recycling, is on a mission to make the world a better place—one bottle at a time.
Ryan’s journey began in 2012 when he was only three years old. His father took him to a local recycling center, and it had a profound impact. Soon after, Ryan began doing his part to protect our planet. He gave bags to his neighbors so they could save their recyclables for him, which he then took to the recycling center.
What started as a neighborhood project has transformed into a global initiative. Ryan’s story became a media sensation in 2016, and he’s spread the message about the importance of recycling through appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, CNN, PBS, ABC World News, National Geographic, as well as international speaking engagements.
Fast-forward to today, and Ryan continues to expand his efforts. He’s recycled over 1.7 million (and counting) cans and bottles, preventing more than 170,000 pounds of containers from ending up in our oceans.
Ryan’s actions have also allowed him to raise thousands of dollars for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California, and establish Project3R™, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental and recycling awareness around the world.