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.

FAQs

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 $260,000 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. Tabs can be placed directly in the Tab Hut in our parking lot at any time. Thank you for your understanding.

745 West Governor Road
Hershey, PA 17033

Due to COVID restrictions, this location is currently unable to accept tabs. Please check back later for updates. Thank you and stay safe!

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

Due to COVID restrictions, these locations are currently unable to accept tabs. Please check back later for updates. Thank you and stay safe!

Carlisle – 1166 Walnut Bottom Road, 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 dstegall@rmhc-centralpa.org

Glossy Magazine Recycling Program

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

Please check drop off site availability below! 

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 $371,000 has been raised by recycling over 14,000 tons of glossy paper.

Drop glossy magazines ONLY into the green containers at the locations below. At this time we do not anticipate adding any additional containers.  Location information is subject to change, please check here for any updates before dropping off your magazines.

IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE: Containers are marked “MAGAZINES ONLY” so that other non-glossy paper, plastic bags, cardboard and other trash are not deposited. Please use slots on BOTH sides of containers. Please do not reopen slots that have been closed.

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. Thank you!