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Pop Tabs Program

Little things make a big difference

Pop Tabs

You can help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida 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.

Collected pop tabs are recycled, generating much-needed funds to support the House and the nearly 1,100 families we serve each year.

Funds received from the recycling of tabs typically add up to around $5,000 annually.  All this money goes to the operating expenses of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida, such as our utilities.

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RMH takes the tabs to our local recycling center, Wise Recycling. Every year around $5,000 is raised from this program.

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.

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.

Pop Tab Pandemonium

Local area schools can participate in our Pop-Tab Pandemonium, which is a pop-tab competition to see who can collect the most pop-tabs. Register your school today by following the link below.


How do I get started?

Start collecting! Collect pop tabs in any container or stop by the House anytime to pick up pop tab house containers.

Contact us and we’ll send you special labels for your container.

Fun Facts

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

All tri-state area K-12 schools are eligible to participate. (Registration is required.)

The winning school will receive a pop-tab certificate to proudly display at their school.

Tabs can be turned in at our House or at your local recycling centers.

The contest begins during the start of each new school year. For the 2023-2024 school year, registration opens August 28, 2023.

The school year Pop Tab Pandemonium will end on Earth Day — April 22, 2024. Please be sure to have all your pop tabs turned in for them to be weighed and counted towards your overall total by Monday, April 22nd.

Just start collecting! All you need are a few collection containers and a lot of enthusiasm.

Aluminum tabs are recycled, and all the money earned helps ensure a “home-away-from-home” for the families staying at the RMH.

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