Pull Tab Program

Collecting pull-tabs from cans such as soup and pop is an easy and fun way to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois. The pull-tabs are collected and then recycled at Marion Iron Company.

Please contact our Development Coordinator Jessica Field at [email protected] or 319-356-8302 for questions about the pull-tab program, to schedule a time to drop off large quantities of tabs, or to request pull-tab collection houses.

When donating large amounts of pull-tabs please consider storing them in stackable containers such as cardboard boxes, plastic tubs, or buckets. Please avoid containers such as milk jugs, two liter pop bottles, and office water jugs.

The money received is based on how many pounds of pull-tabs are delivered. Annually the pull-tab collection program generates over $14,000 to support services to keep families close. It takes a lot of people to choose to take the time and effort to collect pull tabs to reach that number annually!

If you would like a pull-tab “house”, we are happy to mail you up to 15 small houses. However, if you want a larger quantity or a bigger house please arrange a time with us.

For  years, elementary schools have been the biggest contributors to our Pull Tab program. The following information might be helpful in explaining the pull-tab program to students participating in the contest. Be as creative as you want about having students be involved in collecting.

Fun Pull-Tab Facts…Did you know?
  • At a recycling rate of $0.30 to $0.60 per pound, it takes about 235 pounds of pop tabs to cover the cost of caring for a family for ONE night at RMHC-EIWI.
  • If a magnet sticks, it’s not aluminum. Run a magnet over pop tabs and pick out items that stick to magnet.
  • The tab contains more aluminum than the entire can.
  • The pop tab was invented in 1974.
  • One pound of aluminum makes about 30 soda cans.
  • Aluminum does not rust.
  • 10,433 empty aluminum beverage cans weigh as much as a baby elephant!
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for 3 hours.