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  • SubGenre:School & Education
  • Age Range (years):4 - 12
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Scrap University Kids Recycling Series
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:34
  • eBook ISBN:9798986257648

The Girl Who Recycled 1 Million Cans

by Shaziya M. Jaffer , Brad W. Rudover and Jessica Alexanderson

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Hey, did you know that the USA recycles only 45% of cans, even though they're 100% recyclable? Let's turn that number around by teaching kids how they can make a difference!

Meet Ellie, the unicorn-loving, can-recycling superstar who's on a mission to save the planet. When she discovers that she can get money for recycling cans, she sets her sights on collecting one million of them to buy her very own unicorn. But she can't do it alone, so she enlists the help of her friends and the entire school to join in her crusade. Will they succeed? You'll have to read the book to find out!

Snap a picture of yourself recycling cans, and we'll send you a sticker or magnet as a thank you for helping save the planet, one can at a time! Email photos to: Jess@ScrapUniversity.com 

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Join Ellie and her friends on an adventure to collect a million cans. Along the way, they learn that all metal can be recycled, and they soon discover that teamwork and the willingness to share and adapt can help them achieve their goals. This is the perfect book for your child to learn about recycling, math, community, financial literacy, perseverance, sharing, teamwork, and donating.

Meet Ellie, a can-recycling superstar who’s on a mission to save the planet—and maybe buy her very own unicorn! As Ellie gathers her friends to help, young readers will discover how they can help too, one can at a time. They’ll learn fun facts about recycling, earning and saving money, and teaming up to achieve big goals. Can children make a difference? Yes they can!

About the author

Scrap University Kids is a passionate team of three individuals who share a common goal of making the planet a better place for future generations. Shaziya M. Jaffer, an elementary school teacher with 15 years of experience, knows how important it is to teach kids at a young age about sustainability and environmental responsibility. Brad W. Rudover, with over 40 years of experience in the metal recycling industry, is an expert in the field and knows the value of recycling metal. Jessica Alexanderson aka ScubaJess, a scuba diver in Seattle, WA, is an advocate for ocean conservation and brings awareness of the impact of waste on our oceans and planet.


Together, they are Scrap U Kids, an educational initiative focused on eliminating metal waste from landfills within 30 years. They teach kids that all metals have value and that recycling them can even earn kids some cash. So don't throw away those old wires, USB chargers, holiday lights, tin foil, or cans—bring them to your local scrap yard instead! Scrap U Kids believes in making metal recycling fun and easy for kids while also raising awareness of the importance of sustainability. Their mission is to inspire the next generation to care for the environment and make a positive impact on the planet.

Visit kids.scrapuniversity.com for free coloring pages, recycling tips, and worksheets to help get kids involved. Together we can save our planet—one can at a time! 

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