Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona is a “home-away-from-home” for families who must travel to the Valley for medical care for their children. Every day, the house provides a place for families to stay together and close to the medical resources they need in times when they need each other most.
The Pop Tab Challenge rallies students and schools from across the state together in support of the families Ronald McDonald House Charities serves. Collecting pop tabs shows students how small actions can have a significant impact in their community. Proceeds from recycling the tabs support Ronald McDonald House’s mission of providing a resource for families in need.
Last year, 16 schools and over 10,7000 students participated in the challenge. To participate in the 2022-23 Pop Tab Challenge, schools must submit a registration form. The content runs through May 1, 2023 with bragging rights going to the school that collects the most pop tabs by weight and the school that collects the most op tabs per student.
The Pop Tab Challenge rallies students and schools from across the state together in support of the families RMHCCNAZ serves. Collecting pop tabs is a wonderful way to show students how small actions can have a significant impact in their community! JOIN THE CHALLENGE TODAY!
Download the Registration Packet Here: PTC REGISTRATION PACKET 22-23
• Each school must submit an official registration form
to participate in the 2022
23 Pop Tab Challenge.
Registration form must be received before tabs
will be accepted as part of school’s total.
• The contest will run through May 1, 2023.
• Tabs may be dropped off at the front office of the
Roanoke House in Phoenix from 9am to 7pm, seven
days a week.
*Please contact us to arrange drop offs
at the other two Houses.
• Don’ t live in the Phoenix area? No problem! Tabs may also be dropped off directly at your
local scrap metal recycler. Then send the proceeds of your donation directly to the House!
Regardless of the recycler you choose, please be sure and send us a copy of your receipt and a
drop-off form. These can be mailed to the RMHCCNAZ offices with your school name and contact
information. (Don’t forget to specify that your donation is for the Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Central and Northern Arizona Pop Tab Challenge.)
• Each school is responsible for transporting their pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House and filling
out a Pop Tab Donation Form upon dropoff. Copies of the donation form are included in the
back of this packet for your convenience. This must be done each time tabs are dropped off in
order to have your tabs counted.
• School representatives are responsible for recording the correct weight of the tabs dropped off on
the Pop Tab Donation Form at the RMHCCNAZ front desk. School representatives are also
responsible for obtaining a receipt (if desired) for their tabs at this time.
• Winning schools will be announced in the below categories:
The school that collects the most pop tabs by weight.
The school that collects the most pop tabs per student.
Aluminum vs. Steel
While all can tabs may look the same, they do not all act the same! Most soda tabs are made out of
aluminum, but sometimes other can tabs (such as cat food and soup) are made out of steel. When we
turn our bins into the recycler, too many steel tabs mixed in with the aluminum can downgrade the
entire bin, decreasing the amount of money we receive. Because of this, it is very important that your
students know how to tell the difference.
We encourage schools to get their students involved by creating their own collection containers!
Coffee cans, shoe boxes, and even plastic containers work great. This also provides a great
opportunity to reuse other household items.
While you can collect the tabs in whatever you want, we ask that you turn them in using containers
that are easy to empty. This does NOT include milk jugs, liter bottles, water jugs, or any similar
container. Trash bags and/or Ziploc bags are always a great option.
As a rule of thumb, if it sticks to a magnet, it is not aluminum.
Usually these “sticky” tabs are steel.
A good science lesson for us all!