Ryan Hickman was just three-and-a-half years old when he visited a recycling center and liked what he saw. He immediately told his father that he was going to start a new business, picking up cans and bottles from everyone in the neighborhood.

Now 7 years old, Ryan has done just that. He’s the CEO, manager, and employee of Ryan's Recycling Company.

He has 50 customers and has recycled over 200,000 bottles and cans, which has helped him earn and save over $11,000.

The money is currently earning interest in a college savings account, but Ryan is considering buying a full-size trash truck and eventually becoming a garbage man.

Ryan certainly appreciates the money he’s earning, but he also feels good about the work he’s doing because it is helping the planet, as well as the animals who are harmed by garbage that makes its way into the oceans. (OC Register)