The Girl Who Recycled 1 Million Cans by Shaziya M Jaffer, Jessica Alexanderson and Brad W. Rudover

Join Ellie and her friends on their 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 you achieve your goals.


At Scrap University Kids, our goal is to eliminate metal from the landfill within the next 30 years through education. We want to teach kids that their everyday actions make a lasting impact on the environment. Choosing to use reusable or recyclable materials is one way we can make a difference. All metal can be recycled, so if you can choose, please choose metal. Together, we can help protect our amazing ocean planet and even improve it for the next generation.

Hi I’m Shaziya M. Jaffer, I’m an Elementary teacher working in the Burnaby School District. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and watch my daughter play ice hockey. I’m so excited to be a part of Scrap U Kids so I can help educate children about the importance of recycling and taking care of the Earth. I’m learning at the same time and hoping to share my knowledge with others so we can work together to keep our earth clean and healthy for all.

Hi, I’m Jessica Alexanderson  —also known as Scuba Jess I’m an avid Scuba Diver and underwater photographer in Seattle, WA! I love to take photos of our amazing sea creatures. I also enjoy organizing clean-up dives, where we collect trash from the ocean and recycle what we can. I keep on seeing so much trash in our waters that I decided it was time to make a career change. I left my job after 15 years in the container shipping industry to start working at Scrap University Kids. At Scrap University Kids we want to teach kids that ALL metal can be recycled and that their everyday actions can make a lasting impact on the environment. Choosing to use reusable or recyclable materials is one way we can make a difference. Together we can help protect our very amazing ocean planet and make it better for the next generation. Live Long and Prosper!

Brad W. Rudover was born into a family recycling business and spent much of his childhood in or around a scrap yard. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management from Ferris State University and a Master of Business Administration from Western Washington University. With his combination of formal and informal education (lessons from an entrepreneur Father, management positions in small businesses and large corporations, along with several entrepreneurial ventures of his own), Brad has a deep understanding of business. Despite this accumulation of traditional business training, Brad conducts business with gratitude and generosity.

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