Pop Tab Collections

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of CNY collects aluminum pop tabs year-round, and the recycling of these tabs generates necessary income to allow us to continue to serve children and families in Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania.

What is a Pop Tab?

A Pop Tab is the piece of metal that opens aluminum cans. Like the can, the Pop Tab is recyclable. It is a small piece, yet a refundable piece.

Why Collect Pop Tabs?

Pop Tabs are an easy way to recycle and help others. It is a task that people of all ages can do. These small pieces are a source of charitable revenue for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of CNY.

You might be asking: Why only Pop Tabs instead of the whole can? Well, the tabs are made of different quality aluminum than the cans and may be more easily recycled. They are smaller and cleaner than collecting cans. They are also easier for the Charities to handle when receiving large volumes. The amount of money received is determined by the weight of aluminum collected. These pop tabs can make a big impact when collected in numbers. Money received is not credited toward any medical treatment.

Some Fun Facts

  • 1 pound of aluminum is sold for approximately 60¢ (current price)
  • 1,267 pop tabs make 1 pound
  • 1 inch = 1 pop tab
  • 1 foot = 12 pop tabs
  • 1 mile = 63,360 pop tabs

Pop Tab Containers

We encourage groups to be as creative as they wish when constructing their collection containers which can be made out of buckets, milk jugs, coffee cans, cardboard boxes or any other sturdy container. To request a generic sign to use on your container, please e-mail us.

*Please note that homemade containers will not be returned.

How To Turn In Pop Tabs

You may drop off your Pop Tabs at the RMH during business hours (see below).


You may mail your Pop Tab collection to the Ronald McDonald House:

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of CNY
1100 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

House Office Hours:
Monday – Sunday 8:30am – 8:30pm
Tel. 315.476.1027

click here to e-mail the Ronald McDonald House

*Be sure to include your name(s), school or organization name and contact information when sending your collections to ensure proper acknowledgement of your donation.

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