The seven-year-old who started his own recycling company
Images courtesy Ryan’s Recycling.
Late last month, a very young recycling entrepreneur by the name of Ryan appeared on the Ellen Show.
When he was just three and a half years old, Ryan visited his local California recycling centre with his father to cash in some bags of cans and bottles. Right away, the boy says, his business started. He went around his neighbourhood and dropped off empty bags to his neighbours and family, asking them to save their recyclables for him. “We got home with maybe like five bucks and I went out into the street, and I said, ‘Ta-da! I have my own business!’,” Ryan told Ellen.
“[I recycle] because it saves the planet and it keeps bottles and cans out of the ocean for animals to not get sick or die,” he says.
The young CEO now has people all over Orange County, California, saving their recyclables for his business, Ryan’s Recycling Company. He then travels around with his parents and picks all the collections up. Ryan’s website says he spends a part of every week sorting through cans and bottles from his customers and getting them ready to take to the recycle centre.
To date, Ryan’s Recycling Company has recycled 204,000 cans and bottles – which weigh in at over 22,600kg – and has made US$10,000.
While his parents say he is saving the money for his college education, Ryan insists he is saving for a real-life rubbish truck.
A businessman and a philanthropist, the boy’s business has also donated US$1,824 to charity. All proceeds from his ‘Ryan’s Recycling’ t-shirts are donated to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California. “We go to the sea lion rescue place and drop off money to rescue them…so they can get medicine and food,” Ryan told Ellen.
Ryan has now also appeared on Fox News, ABC News and hundreds of websites and radio stations around the world. Watch the full video below.
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