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Pop Tab Recycling Program


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About the Program

Are you looking for a simple way to help families in need? Look no further! Since 2001, communities across Alabama have made a huge impact through tiny pop tabs! Schools, families, and businesses alike collect pop tabs throughout the year and donate them to our House. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama partners with Brother’s Recycling to receive funds based on the going rate per pound of aluminum recycled. These funds are used to support the mission of the House, which can include things like utility bills and supplies that our families need.

Anyone can collect pop tabs, and that’s what makes this program so great! It’s an easy way to help the families who call RMHCA home, and we hope you’ll think of them whenever you recycle a pop tab.

We currently raise an average of $15,000 a year from recycling pop tabs! With your help, we can reach our goal of $20,000 each year!

How do I get started? (updated for COVID-19 response)

  1. Grab a container to store your pop tabs in! We suggest Ziploc bags, paper bags, or boxes/bins. Please avoid soda bottles, jars, milk jugs, and plastic grocery bags.
  2. Collect your pop tabs! We accept pop tabs from any kind of aluminum can, not just soda cans. Only tabs accepted, not the actual can.
  3. Please hold on to your tabs! At this time, we have temporarily suspended non-essential visitors and donations to our Ronald McDonald House in order to protect our guest families’ health. This includes pop tab drop offs. Thank you for your understanding.

Want to support this program?

T-shirts are available! For a donation of $15, click here for more details.

Pop Tab Pandemonium

Pop Tab Pandemonium is a school-based contest held each year throughout Alabama. Participating schools collect pop tabs throughout the school year and donate them to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. This is a great way to teach kids about recycling and giving back, while they have fun competing against other schools in hopes of being declared the winner! Registration will open September 13, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year.


Pop Tab Recycling Resources



Updated 9-10-21

Due to the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases and variants, we continue to suspend non-essential visitors to the Ronald McDonald House. We cannot take large drop offs of tabs (more than 10 gallon-sized Ziplocs for reference).

If you have a large amount of tabs, we urge you to attend one of our Pop Tab Recycling Days, held each spring


Drop your tabs at one of our amazing recycling partners:

Pop Tab Drop off Centers:

>>>It is very important that you let your local center know that you are dropping off tabs for RMHCA. This is the only way they will be able to track the proper proceeds.<<<

SA Recycling
700 W 20th Ave
Sheffield, AL 35660
Drop off Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon

A & S Metals
2540 Gordon Terry Parkway
Decatur, AL 35601
Drop Off Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Brothers Recycling
1620 Vanderbilt Rd
Birmingham, AL 35234
Drop off Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Capital Recycling
3800 Mobile Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36108
Drop off Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Have Questions?

Contact Stephanie Smith Duncan, Community Outreach Manager