POP TAB COLLECTION PROGRAM

Little things make a big difference. You can help support the Ronald McDonald Houses of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) by donating the tabs you pull to open soda, soup and other aluminum cans. The funds generated from our Pop Tab Program help support our programs.

Get Inspired to Collect Pop Tabs at Home, Work, and in Your Community!

Watch 10 year-old Dakota Goff, who turned in 5 million pop tabs, give advice on collecting

And Shares Why He’s Helping RMHC-CNI!

 

POP TAB PROGRAM Frequently Asked Questions

WHY POP TABS?

Our partner, United Scrap Metal, buys the tabs at market rate and makes an additional charitable contribution. They generously donate their pick-up and handling services, bringing in vital funds that help keep families together.

WHAT IS THE POP TAB PROGRAM?

Watch Abelson Taylor’s  “Power of One”  video to understand how pop tabs benefit RMHC-CNI!

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE POP TAB PROGRAM?

Anyone!  Many schools support this project because it provides a terrific opportunity for children to get involved and make a genuine contribution to their community. Community centers, hospitals, grocery stores, Rotary clubs and businesses also participate in this easy program.

WHY NOT THE WHOLE CAN?

United Scrap Metal recycles all types of metal and will recycle cans or other metal to benefit RMHC-CNI.  However, we focus mostly on pop tabs since they are clean, compact, easy to collect and the high-grade aluminum in the tab has a higher recycling value than the aluminum in the rest of the can.

HOW MUCH IS A POP TAB WORTH?

The price of aluminum changes on a regular basis depending on the supply and demand. On average, we receive between $.40-$.55 per pound of aluminum pop tabs.

DO I NEED TO COLLECT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OR COUNT THE POP TABS?

No. Although some schools make a math or science project out of collecting a million, we’ll take as many as you gather.

DO I NEED TO COLLECT THE POP TABS IN A SPECIAL CONTAINER?

Any kind of container will work.  Get as creative  decorating your own collection container!  Post your container on social media and tag us at #rmhccni!

Pop Tab Container Wrap

 

HOW DO I PROMOTE MY COLLECTION DRIVE?

Once you have decided to start your collection drive, you need to get your group excited about the project.

  • Set goals for yourself and others – track your progress!
  • Have contests offering fun incentives to collect.
  • Chart progress of the collection for everyone to see
  • Create bulletin boards, handouts, post in your organization’s newsletters.
  • Use social media to spread the word!
Pop Tab Drop Off Sites

  1. Drop off at an RMHC-CNI House. Pop tabs are collected at all five of the Ronald McDonald Houses throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
  2. Drop off at our RMHC-CNI Business office. Located at 1301 W. 22nd Street, Suite 905, Oak Brook, IL 60523.
  3. Drop off at United Scrap Metal. Located at 1545 S. Cicero Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804.
  4. Drop off at any Chicagoland Great Clips salon. To find a salon near you, visit GreatClips.com.
  5. Drop off with Rexam Beverage Can Company. Rexam will accept the entire can on behalf of RMHC-CNI. Locations are at 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago; 1101 W. 43rd Street, Chicago; and 2520 Lively Boulevard, Elk Grove Village.

FUN FACTS

  • One million pop tabs = 789.27 pounds
  • One pound of pop tabs = 1,267 tabs
  • One mile of pop tabs = 63,360 tabs
  • One cup of pop tabs = about 196 tabs

More questions?
Contact Allison Johnson, Special Events Manager
ajohnson@rmhccni.org
(630) 623-8294

Feel free to contact our staff at any of the House locations and they will be happy to assist you.
Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital 708.423.5285
Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital 630.517.8678
Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center 708.327.2273
Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital 312.888.2500
Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital 773.324.5437

THANKS A MILLION PROGRAM

If you can collect one million pop tabs, you’ll be invited to join our Thanks-a-Million Program. There are approximately 1,267 pop tabs in a pound, so to get to one million pop tabs you must collect 789.27 pounds.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Start to collect tabs, and encourage everyone you know to help!
  2. Weigh your pop tabs before dropping them off at any of our drop-off locations. If you do not have a scale we would be happy to weigh them for you at one of our Houses.
  3. Make sure to report the weight of your pop tabs to our staff at the House where you wish to participate. We will keep track of your progress and when you reach 789.27 pounds you’ll automatically become a part of our Thanks-a-Million program!
  4. Pop tab millionaires receive a special certificate and recognition at the specific House for their achievement.

For more information on the Thanks-a-Million Program, contact Allison Johnson, Manager of Special Events, at 630.623.8294 or ajohnson@rmhccni.org.