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Pop Tab Recycling

Each small tab adds up to make a BIG difference

Recycling POP TABS is a fun and easy way to support and raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Augusta! Although small, each tab adds up to make a BIG difference for the families who call the House their “home-away-from-home.”

We invite supporters of all ages and groups of all sorts and sizes to collect tabs for the House!

The little tab you pull to open your soda or any other aluminum can make a significant impact on RMHC Augusta.

 

 

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when collecting:

Not all tabs are created equal!
Tabs from soda cans are generally aluminum, but other cans, such as cat food, soup, and other household goods may be steel. For our purposes, aluminum is gold! Other metals contaminate our collection.

But how do you tell a tab is aluminum? Aluminum is not magnetic, so one way to check your tabs is to run a magnet over your collection before donating. Your support in keeping our collection “clean” is greatly appreciated!

It’s all about the TABS!
Unfortunately, we cannot accept can tops, including those from tennis ball cans. For our purposes, only pop-can TABS are recyclable. They contain the most pure aluminum and, thus are more valuable.

I’m ready to donate my tabs. Now what?
Pop tabs donations can be dropped off at our facility located at

1442 Harper St. Augusta, GA, 30901

Our House is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so please feel free to drop off your donations anytime that is convenient for you!

We realize that some of our loyal pop tab collectors don’t live close to our Houses. While mailing in pop tabs may seem like a convenient alternative, we find this method not cost-effective. The postage always costs more than the tabs bring in recycling. Another option is to take your collection to a local metal recycler and have the proceeds sent to the address below:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta
1442 Harper St. Augusta, GA 30901

 

Storing Your Collection
You can collect (and turn in) pop tabs in zip-lock bags, cardboard boxes, coffee cans, or plastic trash bags. Please do not use plastic soda bottles, milk jugs, or other narrow-necked containers because they can be difficult to empty.

Looking for a special way to collect tabs? Creating your own pop tab container is always fun, but if creativity isn’t your strong suit, consider an RMHC collection container! To request your pop tab containers, please email kking@rmhcaugusta.org. Supplies are limited, so please email beforehand to ensure we have some in stock.

Frequently Ask Questions

Where do I take my tabs?

Saving pop tabs is easy. Simply remove the tab off your can, save them in a wide-mouth container, and when you have a large amount, drop them off at our house, located at 1442 Harper Street Augusta, GA 30901.

Why pop tabs and not the entire can?

Because pop tabs are smaller and easier to store. The tabs are also paint free and pure aluminum, which increases their value and profit when recycled. So pull your tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, but be sure to recycle the cans.

Here are some fun facts about tabs

  • One pound of tabs is about 1,500 tabs.
  • Each tab measures about 1 inch, so there are 12 tabs in one foot.
  • To reach a mile, when placing tabs end to end, would take 63,360 tabs.
  • 1 million tabs end to end would stretch 16.75 miles.
  • RMHC Augusta receives roughly $0.05 per pop tab.