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

Please note change in days below until further notice, thank you.

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

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!

MAGAZINE RECYCLING UPDATE!

Our magazine recycling company’s processing equipment has been damaged and is in need of repair. Due to the pandemic, the repair is not possible for the foreseeable future, so they are unable to process or pick up our magazine containers. WE CAN NOT ACCEPT MAGAZINES AT ANY LOCATIONS and ask that donors DO NOT LEAVE MAGAZINES OUTSIDE CONTAINER.

Please check back for updates!

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.