Ryan Hickman has proven to be industrious and entrepreneurial in his efforts to save money for college. He started young, at the age of 3 ½ years old, by engaging in the recycling industry. The 7-year-old boy resident of Orange County, California, has managed to save $10,000 for college.
Damion Hickman, Ryan’s father, told a local Fox affiliate that his son began with just a couple of bags of bottles and cans. The money got him hooked. With the help of friends and family, Ryan has recycled 200,000 cans and bottles.
Ryan also sells T-shirts on his website and then donates profits to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach to provide medical care and food for sea lions.
Ryan’s principal concern is protecting the environment, say his parents. He does not want the bottles and cans to wind up in the ocean. But he also wants to invest his savings to purchase a business. “I'm saving for a garbage truck," Ryan said.
He encourages everyone to recycle. "If you want to buy one of these T-shirts, it's $13 on ryansrecycling.com."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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