Pop Tab Collection Program

Little things can make a big difference. You can help support the Ronald McDonald House of Durham in North Carolina by collecting the little tabs you pull to open soda, soup or other aluminum cans. The funds generated from recycling these aluminum gems help offset the House’s expenses. Collecting pop tabs is a great program that benefits the Ronald McDonald House families and is easy to organize.


Pop Tab Program FAQs

How do pop tabs help?

RMH takes the tabs to our local recycling center. Every year, more than $10,000 is raised from this program.

Why do you only collect the tabs from cans?

Although the whole aluminum can is valuable, the tab is cleaner and smaller, making it easier to collect in large quantities than whole cans. The tab of a standard soda can is made of high quality, high-grade aluminum. By itself, it doesn’t mean much, but when you pull together, pop-tabs add up and become a valuable donation.

Who can participate with the Pop Tab Program?

Anyone! Because pop tabs are common and easy to collect, any individual or group can participate. Many schools support this project because it provides a terrific opportunity for children to get involved and make a genuine contribution to their community. Churches, hospitals, grocery stores, Rotary clubs and businesses also participate in this easy program.

How do I get started?

Start collecting! You can collect the tabs in any container, like milk cartons or Pringles cans. Contact us and we’ll send you special labels for your container.

What do I do with the tabs?

  1. Drop off at the Durham House – Drop off the pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House of Durham, 506 Alexander Avenue, Durham, NC 27705.
  2. Drop off at the American Legion – You can also drop off the pop tabs at any local American Legion Post in North Carolina. To find a post near you, visit nclegion.org.
  3. Recycling Center – Take your pop tabs to your local recycle center for recycling. Mail a check of your pop tab amount to Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake.

Fun Facts

  • Approximately one million pull tabs = 800 pounds
  • Approximately 1,430 pull tabs = one pound
  • Approximately 63,360 pull tabs = 1 mile

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