These cardboard houses have been placed around Group O break rooms and offices in the Quad Cities. Some of you may have seen them before and some of you may not. The Ronald McDonald House collects pop tabs and then recycles them using the profits to help fund their programs. Before throwing your pop can in the recycle bin, remove the tab and place it in the box!
Collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling, and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some chapters of the Ronald McDonald House raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections.
Ronald McDonald Houses collect pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it's more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier. The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support RMHC and know they are making a difference for families and children.
After the tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value (values can vary significantly). The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter a check for the total value.