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During the 16-year partnership between Tabfest, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and local charities, Tabfest is pleased to have donated $37,000.00 and 10,278 pounds of aluminum can tabs.
A caring and convenient place to stay for families with children receiving health care, regardless of their ability to pay; and Grants to other programs that directly help children and their families.
Why Aluminum Can Tabs?
Talk about little things adding up. The tab of a standard soda can is made of a high-quality, high-grade aluminum. By itself, it doesn’t mean much. When collected, pop tabs can add up to a valuable donation to your local Ronald McDonald House. And that means a lot.
How Do I Get Those Tabs Off of Cans?
Yowzer it's difficult to get tabs off of aluminum cans. View our handy-dandy diagram to guide you through the process safely and easily.
Why Collect Only the Tabs?
Though the whole aluminum can is valuable, the tab is made of a more pure form of aluminum. So when that little tab is turned in for scrap metal, it can make a big impact on Ronald McDonald House fundraising. It’s smaller and cleaner than collecting whole cans, so it’s easier for the House to handle the large volume it receives. Plus, it’s convenient, ecologically friendly, and does not compete with other can recycling programs.
But...we recycle the cans at Tabfest, too. Just because. But we're sure as heck not calling it Canfest. That would be silly.
Great For Kids, Great For Everyone
Because they’re common and easy to collect, pop tabs allow virtually any individual or community organization to participate. The program provides a terrific opportunity for children to get involved and make a genuine contribution to the Ronald McDonald House.
Many schools support this project – using it as a learning tool to teach math concepts, recycling and environmental lessons, and a spirit of belonging to a larger community. Service organizations and club members can participate as a means of earning service badges. Other participants include churches, synagogues and businesses.
How Do I Get Involved?
Contact the Ronald McDonald House closest to your community to see if it has a Pop Tab Collection Program. Many Houses provide cardboard collection containers in the shape of a house. Drop-off sites range in location from the House, to McDonald’s restaurants, to local banks and grocery stores.
Pop Tab Fun Facts
• The Ronald McDonald House Pop Tab Collection Program was established in 1987 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Ronald McDonald House community.
• To date, over 400 million pop tabs have been collected, generating over $300,000.
• The ring-pull can known today was invented in 1962.
• The pop tab design used today was invented by Mr. Ermal Fraze in Kettering, Ohio.
• Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion, a popular amphitheater in Dayton, Ohio, is named after the pop tab inventor.
Pop Tab Measurement Equivalents
1 inch = 1 pop tab
1 foot = 12 pop tabs
1 meter = 40 pop tabs
1 lb = 1,267 pop tabs
1 km = 40,000 pop tabs
1 mile = 63,360 pop tabs