Scrap University Kids Makes Recycling Fun & Easy

We’ve a giant drawback with steel recycling in the US. Metallic is straightforward to recycle, however so many individuals don’t know the place to recycle it. So as a substitute, steel results in rubbish cans, on the facet of the highway, and within the ocean.  Do you know that solely 45% of aluminum beverage cans are recycled in the US though they’re 100% recyclable?

Nevertheless it’s not simply aluminum; all steel could be recycled, but a lot of it isn’t. A gaggle of us (Brad, a steel recycling guru; Shaziya, a faculty instructor; and Jessica, a scuba diver) determined it was time to make a long-lasting, optimistic influence on the well being of our planet. We wish to begin this mission by educating kids about why recycling is vital and spreading the phrase on how steel recycling could be straightforward for everybody. We based Scrap University Kids in April 2022 to deal with the steel recycling drawback collectively.

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At Scrap University Kids, we’re dedicated to instructing kids that their on a regular basis actions make a long-lasting influence on the setting. If extra individuals make an effort to make use of recyclable supplies like steel cans — after which recycle these supplies after they’re completed with them — we will protect helpful assets and cut back landfill waste. Our objective is to get rid of steel from the waste stream throughout the subsequent 30 years by way of training.

What’s step one in our mission? It entails books and storytelling. We simply printed our first image e-book for kids grades Okay–4. The Woman Who Recycled 1 Million Cans is a enjoyable story that educates kids concerning the environmental and monetary advantages of steel recycling. The partaking story takes younger readers on the journey of a lady who desires to purchase a unicorn with the proceeds from recycling 1 million cans.

Front cover of The Girl Who Recycled 1 Million Cans

The following books within the collection will broaden youngsters’ consciousness and understanding of metals, how they’re recycled, and why it’s vital to by no means throw steel within the rubbish. We’re beginning with storybooks however can even have enjoyable on-line courses and a cartoon collection about steel recycling.

Instructing Kids About Recycling

We wish to make recycling enjoyable and simple for youths. Let’s work collectively and begin educating our younger kids by becoming a member of Ellie and her mates on an journey to gather 1 million cans. With the assistance of our mascot Mr. Ferrous Magglio the speaking magnet, readers study that every one steel could be recycled. Quickly, they may uncover that teamwork and the willingness to share and adapt might help them obtain their objectives.

Mr. Ferrous Magglio

That is the right e-book in your baby to find out about recycling, monetary literacy, perseverance, sharing, teamwork, and donating. Use it as a instrument to encourage kids’s pleasure for and curiosity in recycling. After youngsters learn the e-book, watch the recycling lightbulb activate of their minds as they begin in search of cans to recycle.

The Million Cans Recycling Program

However recycling isn’t only for youngsters — we wish to make it straightforward for anybody to recycle any kind of steel. To do that, we began the Million Cans Recycling Program. We’re working with scrap yards across the U.S. to carry roll-off bins to native colleges in order that communities have a simple drop-off location for steel. All steel has worth and any proceeds from the recycled steel will go to the college to purchase provides. By making recycling steel straightforward for everybody, we will obtain our objective of 100% of used steel being recycled by the yr 2052.

child looks into bin of cans for recycling

Assist Us Recycle 1 Million Cans

You could be part of this vital environmental initiative by serving to us get our e-book into as many youngsters’ fingers as attainable. We’re asking you to purchase The Woman Who Recycled 1 Million Cans for the youngsters in your life — or donate it to elementary colleges in your neighborhood. Assist us unfold the phrase that steel doesn’t belong within the rubbish.

Collectively, we will save the planet, one can at a time. And you may get a begin by looking Earth911’s Recycling Locator to seek out native steel recycling choices (simply add your ZIP code whenever you arrive).

To study extra about our mission, and to order a duplicate of The Woman Who Recycled 1 Million Cans, go to our web site,

In regards to the Authors

Brad W. RudoverBrad W. Rudover was born right into a household recycling enterprise and spent a lot of his childhood in or round a scrap yard. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Small Enterprise Administration from Ferris State University and a Grasp of Enterprise Administration from Western Washington University. He owns Detroit Scrap, Scrap University, and Scrap University Kids.


Shaziya M. Jaffer

Shaziya M. Jaffer is a passionate elementary faculty instructor who has labored within the Burnaby College District for the final 15 years. She is happy to be part of Scrap University Kids so she might help educate kids concerning the significance of recycling and caring for the Earth.


Jessica AlexandersonJessica Alexanderson is the president of Scrap University Kids. An avid scuba diver and underwater photographer, she enjoys organizing cleanup dives to gather trash from the ocean and recycle as a lot as she will be able to. Jessica believes that we might help defend our superb ocean planet and make it more healthy for future generations.