Meet the 9-year-old CEO of a U.S. recycling company

Mar 20, 2019, 7:45 AM EDT
At the age of nine, Ryan Hickman isn’t an up-and-coming name

At the age of nine, Ryan Hickman isn’t an up-and-coming name. The little boy has already pushed the envelope, building a successful recycling company that has prevented 500,000 cans and bottles from being tossed into the landfill sites in the U.S. At a time when the American recycling industry is literally in flames, following China’s import ban, Ryan’s story is an inspiration.

Ryan set up Ryan's Recycling in 2012 when he was just three years old. The kid, with an old head on young shoulders, has made appearances in prestigious shows such as Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, reports Green Matters.

Now, Ryan has been picked as a volunteer spokesperson for Recycle Across America, a non-profit organization committed to push Americans to recycle more by educating them via standardized recycling labels. As of January 2018, Ryan raked in $11,000 with his recycling business, and part of his profits are routed to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, notes Simplemost.