Pop Tab Program, Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Pop Tab Program?
Our Pop Tab Program is a great way for families, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals to support the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota’s mission. When pop tabs are donated, volunteers bring them to a local recycling facility and exchange the aluminum for cash. All proceeds directly support the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota.

But it’s just a little piece of aluminum, does that actually add up to anything?
Absolutely! In 2014, our Pop Tab Program raised nearly $18,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota.

What exactly is a pop tab?
A pop tab is the flip top on aluminum cans. You can collect them from soda cans, sparkling water cans and various other beverage cans. We also take tabs from soup, fruit, vegetable and pet food cans that have tabs.

What should I store my pop tabs in as I’m collecting?
Feel free to get creative with this! Pop tabs are often delivered to us in coffee cans, baggies, decorated shoe boxes or in pop tab collection houses available (in limited quantities) at the Ronald McDonald House. If you need labels for your collection, contact us at (507) 282-3955 or download our labels here (PDF can be printed on Avery 5164 labels)

Where do I drop my pop tabs off?
When your container is full, drop it off at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota. Volunteers take the pop tabs to the recycling center where they are weighed and a check is written to the House based on a per pound price.

Pop tabs can also be dropped off at any local Rochester, Minnesota McDonald’s restaurant.

Why don’t you collect the whole can?
We collect the tabs instead of whole cans due to space and cleanliness considerations at the House. Three times per year, however, we do collect whole aluminum cans during our Cans for Kids event. Visit our special events page for our next collection day in partnership with McNeilus Companies.

I’m a teacher, can I incorporate your pop tab program into my curriculum?
Absolutely! Teachers can use the Pop Tab Program as a learning tool to teach math concepts, recycling, community and environmental lessons. Contact us for more information at (507) 282-3955.