Aluminum Tab Recycling Program

In an effort to raise funds to support the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey and to create greater public awareness of our mission, the collection of aluminum beverage tabs began in 1996.


The aluminum tabs are sold to a local recycling company. proceeds help with daily operating expenses at the House. The generous amount of tabs collected has been very beneficial to the House and the families we serve. We are averaging $1,000 monthly just from these tiny tabs – that’s over 3 MILLION TABS RECEIVED A MONTH!

Why not save the whole can?

Because tabs are cleaner and easier to store in the House Tab Hut. Also, there are several non-profit organizations already collecting cans and we do not want to compete with their efforts.

Are you saving all tabs?

We can only recycle aluminum tabs not plastic or steel tabs, as in some juice or nutritional supplement cans. Unfortunately, if the tab sticks to a magnet, we cannot use it. Please check your tabs from soup and other cans – some are aluminum and can be used; others are steel and cannot. Thank you!

How can I help?

Collect tabs at home, work, church, school or through any organization in which you are involved and deliver them to one of our convenient collection sites, listed below. For those who live too far from these locations, contact a local recycling company when you have a large amount to see if they will buy your tabs. Checks may be made payable to RMHC of Central PA and mailed to 745 West Governor Road, Hershey, PA  17033. Please enclose a note stating funds are from the sale of tabs along with your name and address. You are welcome to mail your tabs to us, but just be aware that shipping costs are often greater than the value of the tabs.

Where can I bring the tabs?

Ronald McDonald House:

745 West Governor Road
Hershey, PA 17033
Please stop in the House office during your visit for a thank you note and, if you’d like, a brief tour. Large quantities can be put directly in the Tab Hut in our parking lot.

Mechanicsburg Middle School:

1750 South Market Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

At participating Members 1st Federal Credit Union Branch Offices:

Carlisle – 814 West High Street, Carlisle PA 17013

Hanover – 1221 Carlisle Street, Hanover PA 17331

Harrisburg – 1021 Briarsdale Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109

Lancaster – 1815 Hempstead Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

Mechanicsburg – 4 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

York – 2145 White Street, York, PA 17404

To verify hours of operation, please click here!

What else can I do?

Volunteer to gather collections in your area and deliver them to one of our collection locations. You can also help with our glossy paper recycling program, collect items on our wish list, or volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Room.