What would you say if I told you that by simply saving your pop tabs you could help a family stay with their sick child near the hospital?
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas accepts donations of pop tabs, recycles them for money, and then puts that money back into the Ronald McDonald House. Every year they host Pop Tab Pandemonium in which schools compete to become the winner and claim the trophy. It is during this time that they receive the most donations, but you can donate anytime!
I spoke with Ernie, who plays a major role in dealing with the pop tabs received and he was able to answer some of my questions and give me a little more information on the pop tabs received.
During Pop Tab Pandemonium RMHC receives an average of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of pop tabs. Each school that participates brings an average of 100 pounds of pop tabs to the event. In other months, RMHC averages 600-800 pounds of tabs per month.
Despite what some popular rumors may say, RMHC is not given special treatment during recycling and the pop tabs are not used in exchange for treatment. RMHC is given the going recycling rate which is usually around 40 cents per pound. Based on the averages above, this means that the local communities are donating approximately $3,500 during Pop Tab Pandemonium and approximately $280 every month.
My son, Losh, recently held his own Pop Tab drive for RMHC and collected a bag and a house* full of tabs from friends and family in our small community.
A few interesting tidbits about RMHC and donating Pop Tabs:
- They collect only the pop tabs because the cans are messy and take up more space.
- They prefer donations in containers that are easy to empty inside a large plastic bag.
- Anybody can collect and donate pop tabs.
- If you drop off your tabs personally, you can get a tour of the Ronald McDonald House.
You can drop off your donations any day between 8am and 10pm at the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock. Their address is 1009 Wolfe St, Little Rock.
*Call 501-374-1956 and ask for a cardboard house to hold your pop tabs.
Do you recycle pop tabs or soda cans?