A 7-year-old boy in Orange County combined his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the environment to start his own recycling business, saving a whopping $10,000 for college.
Ryan Hickman began recycling when he was just 3 1/2 years old.
“We had gone to the center with a couple of bags, and he really loved the actual act of putting all the cans and bottles into the machine and getting the money for it, and that kind of got him hooked,” described Damion Hickman, Ryan’s father.
The then-toddler enlisted the help of friends and family and has since started his own business, Ryan’s Recycling.
“I’ve recycled 200,000 cans and bottles,” Ryan said.
Every week, he and his family sort through bags of recyclables.
“If it’s me, my dad and my mom and my grandma doing it at the same time, one bag will be gone like in, let’s say, two minutes,” Ryan said.
Ryan saved more than $10,000 …
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