7-year-old San Juan Capistrano recycler ‘hired’ by recycling plant

7-year-old San Juan

Just 7 years old, Ryan Hickman of San Juan Capistrano already has recycled some 232,000 bottles and cans through a local collection company he started, Ryan’s Recycling.

He has donated $4,787 so far to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach from his recycling proceeds.

Now he has caught the attention of CarbonLITE, a company that processes 2 billion plastic bottles per year at its recycling plant in Riverside.

On Tuesday, June 20, CarbonLITE invited the boy to its facility, equipped him with a company hard hat, shirt and badge, gave him a tour and named him an honorary employee.

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