Recycle Like a Boss... a 9-Year old Boss!

Recycle Like a Boss... a 9-Year old Boss!

July 06, 2018

I think this article can best be told in Ryans own words! Smart, funny, and out to save the world! There is no stopping this kid!

Recycling is important to me because it’s a way that we can all pitch in to help the planet. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 9 year old kid like me or if you’re old like Mike is. Everyone can pitch in and it’s easy to do.

I recycle plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminum cans. I’ve been recycling since I was three years old and I’ve recycled almost 360,000 cans and bottles. That’s almost 77,000 lbs that would have gone to the landfill or out to the ocean where it’s bad for the environment and animals.

Did you know that it takes over 600 years for a plastic water bottle to break down or that every plastic straw that’s ever been made is still on the Earth? I love to recycle because I get to clean up the environment and I get to save money. My dad says it’s for college but I want to use it for a trash truck. There is a giant garbage patch floating out in the Pacific Ocean with all of our plastic trash and I hope someday that someone invents a way to clean it up. Maybe I’ll be part of that solution.

You can help me save the planet three ways:

    1. Throw anything recyclable into the correct bin and make a habit of picking up one piece of trash you see on the ground every day.
    2. Buy one of my t-shirts on my website: and the proceeds will be donated to my friends at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. They rescue seals and sea lions that are sick, starving, injured and abandoned. Every shirt sold buys food and medicine for the animals.
    3. If you live in Orange County, come help me at a beach clean up. I go a few times a month and pick up trash. It’s actually pretty fun to do and we make a big difference.
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In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan went along with his dad to the local recycling center and cashed in a few small bags of cans and bottles and decided that recycling was in his future. The day after going to the recycling center, Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him. Not only did the local neighbors save their cans and bottles for Ryan but so did their friends, families and co-workers. Today, Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA and he has a passion to recycle that is amazing. His goal is to recycle to keep cans and bottles from reaching the ocean where it’s harmful to the environment. Ryan spends a part of every week sorting thru cans and bottles from his customers and getting them ready to take to the recycle center.
In 2016, Ryan’s recycling story went viral and he was featured on web sites, television and radio stations around the planet. He’s a 2017 CNN Young Wonder, he’s appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show, He’s been a WE DAY speaker and has been featured on NBC, CNN, CNBC, PBS, FOX News, Amazon Prime’s SELF MADE series, Australia’s Channel 7 Sunrise morning show, Huffington Post, Voice of America, AJ+, UpWorthy, NOW THIS!, 60 Second Docs, USA Today, Univision, Good Morning America, and ABC World News.
Ryan has been recognized internationally for his recycling efforts and has received awards from The Daughters of the American Revolution, The County of Orange and The Pacific Marine Mammal Center as well as and the City Council of San Juan Capistrano. Ryan was awarded the “2017 Citizen of the Year” by his hometown of San Juan Capistrano and he was recognized by the Orange County Register as one of the 100 most influential people of 2017. Ryan was selected in 2018 by MSN in their top 15 kids changing the world.
WE DAY speaking to 17,000 kids about recycling
Ellen Show appearance
CNN Young Wonder episode and awards show appearance

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