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.
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!
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!
- 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
Contact Allison Johnson, Special Events Manager
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 Northwestern Medicine Central Du Page Hospital 630.517.8678
Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center 708.327.2273
Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s 312.888.2500
Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital 773.324.5437