Donate Pop Tabs and Make a Difference

If you are looking to make a difference in your community but do not have a lot of money nor time, an easy way to help contribute to make a difference is by collecting pop tabs for you local Ronald McDonald House. Below is some of the information about the pop tab program (this information is directly from the Ronald McDonald House main website):

Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it's more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier. The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support RMHC and know they are making a difference for families and children.


If your local Ronald McDonald House participates in the program, it’s likely cardboard collection containers in the shape of a house have been distributed to schools, community and civic groups and other organizations in your area. Collect pop tabs to drop off at one of these areas, or contact your local House about getting a collection container that you can be responsible for filling through one of your own groups.

How much?

After the tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value (values can vary significantly). The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter a check for the total value. 

You may want to start to take up a collection of pop tabs at your work if they do not already have a similar program in place or ask family members and friends to start collecting pop tabs to donate. For more information about the Ronald McDonald House and their pop tab program please click here.

Also, be sure to check with your local chapter since not all Ronald McDonald Houses participate in the pop tab donation program.