Pull Tab Program

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton

Pull Tab ProgramTwo children

How does it work?

We collect aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) and work with a local recycler to turn those tabs into money for families of hospitalized children.

Who can participate?

Anyone! Because pull tabs are common and easy to collect, any individual or group can participate. Many schools support this project because it provides a terrific opportunity for children to get involved and make a genuine contribution to their community. Churches, hospitals, grocery stores, Rotary clubs and businesses also participate in this easy program.

How do I collect the tabs?

Get creative by making an eye-popping collection container for your pull tabs. You can download a Pull Tab label to paste on your container here. Use boxes, coffee cans or large plastic jars with wide openings (no milk jugs please!). We can provide you with a corrugated cardboard miniature house.  Hanging up flyers and decorating your collection containers can help catch people’s eyes! Be clear that it’s going to help a good cause! You can use our templates or make your own!

Be sure to communicate with your friends, family, and co-workers! Let them know why you are collecting and what Ronald McDonald House Dayton does. Share posts on social media using #RMHCDayton to remind your followers to share their pop tabs with you or start their own collection!

How do I promote the program at my school, company, or organization?

Hanging up flyers and decorating your collection containers will catch people’s eyes! Be clear that it’s for a good cause! You can use our templates or make your own.  Best decorated containers will be featured on our website!

Why do you only collect the tab?

Tabs are more sanitary and easier to store than whole cans in our limited space.

Where do I bring my tabs?

You can bring them to the Ronald McDonald House at 555 Valley Street, Dayton, OH 45404 between 9 am-9 pm or place them in the pull tab house outside. Should you like a tour of our House when you drop off your donations, please call (937) 224-0047 prior to your visit.  Every Spring, we host a pull tab weighing contest and family-friendly event at 2nd Street Market, Tab-a-PULL-ooza.

Or recycle them and send the proceeds to us. We recommend:
First Street Recycling
1321 E. First St. Dayton, Ohio 45403

How much do you receive for the tabs?

After the tabs are collected, our local recycler picks up the tabs and brings them to their processing facility, where they are weighed to determine their value (values can vary significantly). The recycling center then sends us a check for the total value.

Schedule a Speaker

Schedule a speaker to come in and talk about RMHC Dayton, what we do, and the pull tab program. Contact Alex Randolph at [email protected] or call 937-224-0047 x 39.

Fun Facts

Approximately one million pull tabs = 800 pounds

Approximately 1,430 pull tabs = one pound

Approximately 63,360 pull tabs = 1 mile


Each spring, schools, groups and individuals from across the Miami Valley come together to bring the pop tabs they have collected throughout the year. It’s a great event that helps kids understand the importance of serving and shows them how easy it can be to make a difference.

Tab-a-PULL-ooza 2020 is on Saturday May 16th.  We want to thank 2nd Street Market for being our gracious host for Tab-a-PULL-ooza!