Recycling Programs

Aluminum Tab Collection Program

When Everyone “Pulls” Together, You Can Make a Difference!

You can help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Pennsylvania (RMHC-CP) by saving the tabs you pull from canned beverages, pet food, soup, vegetable and other aluminum cans. Funds generated help support RMHC-CP programs.


Our partner, Consolidated Scrap Resources, Inc., buys the tabs and sends a check to us! They generously donate their pick-up and handling services, bringing in vital funds that help keep families together. Since the program’s inception, over $255,000 has been raised through recycling these tiny tabs! Approximately 1,400 tabs equal one pound. On average, we receive over 2,000 pounds of tabs per month which equals almost 3 million tabs!

ANYONE!  Many schools support this project because it provides a terrific opportunity for children to get involved and make a genuine contribution to their community. Hospitals and service clubs also participate in this easy program.

Aluminum tabs are clean, compact, easy to collect, and the high-grade aluminum in the tab has a higher recycling value than the aluminum in the rest of the can.

No.  Although some schools make a math or science project out of collecting a million, we’ll take as many as you gather.

We recommend washing and reusing plastic containers with large openings for collecting and storing your tabs. Please do not use plastic soda bottles or milk jugs because they’re difficult to empty!

We’d love to give you RMHC-CP tab stickers to put on your container to encourage tab donations – contact Deb at 717.533.4001 x152 for stickers.

Drop Off Locations

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ronald McDonald House is not open to the public at this time and is not accepting aluminum tabs inside. Thank you for your understanding.

745 West Governor Road
Hershey, PA 17033

Tabs can be placed directly in the Tab Hut in our parking lot at any time.

If you bring your collection to the Ronald McDonald House, please stop in at the front desk during office hours of 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. daily to receive a thank you note and, if you’d like, a brief tour.  Please call ahead (717) 533-4001 x157 if you have a group who would like to schedule a tour.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mechanicsburg Middle School is not open at this time and is not accepting aluminum tabs. Please view the other locations as alternatives. Thank you for your understanding at this time. 

1750 South Market Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Members 1st Federal Credit Union’s lobbies are currently closed. Please view the other locations as alternatives. Thank you for your understanding at this time. 

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!

For those who live too far from a drop-off site, please contact a local recycling company once you have a large collection to see if they would buy your tabs. Donation checks can be made payable to RMHC of Central PA. You are welcome to mail your tabs to us, but be aware shipping costs are greater than the value of the tabs.

More questions?
Call (717) 533-4001 x152 or email

Glossy Magazine Recycling Program

“Toss Your Gloss” By Collecting and Donating Your Old Magazines!

Boxes or reusable bags make transporting your magazines to the donation drop offs easy!  Please only place your magazines in the bins; NOT plastic or paper bags, boxes, rubber bands or string. Other materials can damage the recycling equipment or contaminate the load and can result in receiving no monies for the collection.

When the containers are full, we call Consolidated Scrap Resources, Inc. to pick up the containers.  They process the contents and sell them to a paper mill, which turns the discarded paper into new magazine paper. A portion of the proceeds from each ton of paper collected comes directly to RMHC-CP.  Since this program began in 2004, over $362,000 has been raised by recycling over 13,000 tons of glossy paper.

Drop glossy magazines into the green containers at these locations:

  • Carlisle – McDonald’s Restaurant – 1176 Harrisburg Pike
  • Elizabethtown – Formerly Darrenkamp’s Market – 191 Ridgeview Road South
  • Ephrata – Public Works Complex, off Church Avenue
  • Gettysburg – Len Dick Signs – 3000 York Road (Route 30)
  • Harrisburg – Harrisburg Area Community College – Industrial Road Gate 2 – Not available at this time due to COVID-19 circumstances. 
  • Hershey – Ronald McDonald House – 745 West Governor Road (Route 322)
  • Lancaster – McDonald’s, 1434 Manheim Pike, Rear Lot
  • Lancaster – West Lampeter Township, 852 Village Road, Lampeter, PA (Rear)
  • Lebanon – Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority, 1610 Russell Road
  • Lititz – Lancaster County Airport, 520 Airport Rd. (Left side of Winkie’s & The Pilot Shop)
  • Mechanicsburg – Mechanicsburg Middle School – South Market Street
  • Middletown – Karn’s Quality Foods – 101 South Union Street
  • Mount Joy – Wissler Motors, 1205 West Main Street (Lot Across the Street from Dealership)
  • Palmyra – Klick-Lewis Family of Dealerships (Rear) – Cherry Street between Duke and Prince
  • Shillington (Berks County) – Governor Mifflin Middle School, 130 East Lancaster Avenue, Rear Lot
  • York – Consolidated Scrap Resources – 120 Hokes Mill Road. (Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. only)

IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE: Containers are marked “MAGAZINES ONLY” so that other non-glossy paper, plastic bags, cardboard and other trash are not deposited.

If you have a very large collection (i.e. trunk or truckload), please make sure there is room in the container before you make the trip.  Magazines cannot be left outside the container or stored on site.

If you bring your collection to the Ronald McDonald House, please stop in at the front desk during office hours of 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. daily to receive a thank you note and, if you’d like, a brief tour.