Keep pullin' for the Denver & Aurora Ronald McDonald Houses

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Basic information and history of campaign

The Pop Tab Recycling Program is a fundraising project to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver. The Ronald McDonald Houses in Denver and Aurora serve as a home away from home for many families whose children are seriously ill and are undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
This program was started in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota by the local VFW Post 295 and Auxiliary of South Saint Paul, Minnesota and mushroomed into a nationwide effort involving thousands of individuals, organizations, schools and businesses. Over 22 tons (51,256 lbs.) of tabs have been collected (that's 39,100,698 tabs) and have generated over $28,000 for the Ronald McDonald House program in Minnesota.

How the program works

Aluminum beverage can tabs are collected and sold for cash. Of course, the entire can could be recycled, but it would create a very difficult problem for delivery and storage. The tabs have captured the imagination and interest of thousands of collectors. And, people who already recycle cans are able to participate!

These little pieces of metal can make a big difference!

Pop tabs can be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House of Denver, 1300 East 21st Avenue, Denver, CO 80205. They are then taken to the recycling center. In- or out-of-state groups can recycle the tabs themselves and send the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House, as well.
This project continues to be a success because it makes it possible for any individual or group to make a contribution. It is an easy and fun task for young and old and a great way to lend support to children and their families during a time of crisis.


Mr. Ermal Fraze invented the pop tab. Kettering's Fraze Pavillion, a popular amphitheater in Dayton, Ohio, is named after the pop tab inventor.

Fun Pop Tab Facts

1 inch = 1 pop tab
1 foot = 12 pop tabs
1 meter = 400 pop tabs
1 lb. = 1,267 pop tabs
1 km = 40,000 pop tabs
1 mile = 63,360 pop tabs