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Source: Neil Tolbert

The U.S. Sucks at Recycling, and This 9-Year-Old Is Trying to Fix It


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If you've ever used a recycling bin in the U.S., you'll probably recognize Recycle Across America's standardized labels, which clearly indicate which recycling bins are for which items. The nonprofit is on a mission to get more people to recycle by standardizing recycling labels across the country. Over the years, the organization has teamed up with a few celebrities to help spread the message — but its latest spokesperson is the most exciting yet, since he is more experienced in recycling than most adults are. As Recycle Across America (RAA) announced in a press release, Ryan Hickman, the 9-year-old CEO of nonprofit Ryan's Recycling, has officially partnered with RAA as a volunteer spokesperson.

Ryan founded Ryan's Recycling in 2012, when he was just 3 years old. Since then, he has collected and recycled more than 500,000 cans and bottles. Ryan's Recycling went viral in 2016, and since then, he has talked about his business on shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America. Taking his success as a recycler into account, Ryan is clearly the perfect person to help RAA standardize recycling nationwide.