Pop Top Collection Program

Get Inspired to Collect Pop Tabs at Home, Work, and in Your Community!

What is a pop top?
A pop top is the piece of metal that opens aluminum cans, like the ones found on soda cans. Many other products like pet food and canned fruits and vegetables, use a tab system but might not be made of aluminum. That is why we suggest “specializing” in soda tops. A good rule of thumb to follow if you want to collect tabs from other products is this: if you put a magnet near the pop tops they should not be attracted to it. If they are, they are not aluminum. Like the can, the pop top is able to be recycled. It is a small, yet valuable piece. Did you know it takes 1,267 pop tops to make one pound?

Why collect pop tops?
Pop top collections add up to make an impact in providing a home-away-from-home and support services for families of pediatric patients. These values are market dependent, and go up and down throughout the year. But it all adds up to precious dollars that help the House fulfill its mission!
We currently receive about 50¢ per pound of pop tops. The program is an easy way for people of all ages to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond and know they are making a difference for families and children.

Why not collect the entire can?
Pop tops are easier to clean and collect than cans, enabling our House to handle large volumes with less storage space. And most of the value of the entire can is right there in that little tab!

How does it work?
You may use any clean container to collect pop tops. Over the years we’ve seen all sorts of creative vessels – decorated coffee cans, large jars, zip lock bags, milk jugs, etc. When you’re ready to make a donation, just stop by the House and we’ll take care of the rest. We truly appreciate your efforts in collecting and donating pop tops to us. Download pop top labels to be put on your containers here

What happens after I drop off the pop tops?
Once we have received enough tabs to fill two 32 gallon bins we take them to our recycling partner, United Scrap Metal.

To drop off your pop tops, please visit the Ronald McDonald House at 2330 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220.

Save the Date!
Please join us October 19, 2019 for United in Recycling benefiting RMHC Richmond.

2900 Terminal Ave, Richmond, VA 23234

9am – 11am Girl Scout Exclusive
11am – 1pm Open to the Public

Recycle, tour the recycling plant, and see from nuts to bolts how recycling works.