Tab Collection Program, in partnership with United Scrap Metal

The tab collection program began at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House in 1997. Since the inception of
the program, PRMH has collected over 200 tons of tabs and over $170,000.

Just the tabs:

We collect tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because it is more hygienic to store tabs than cans and collection and storage is generally easier due to the small size of the tab alone. There is also a higher concentration of aluminum in the tab itself, so those little tabs can really add up!

How it Works:

After the tabs are collected, United Scrap Metal weighs the donation to determine their value. Based on the value of $.75 per pound of tabs, United Scrap Metal will send a check for the total amount, which will support the families of seriously ill children staying at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

How to Participate:

  1. Create your own collection container. We have seen coffee cans, pretzel jugs, and even milk cartons.
  2. Save up tabs until you fill your container, then drop them of at the  Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House located on Chestnut Street or Front and Erie, or drop them off at United Scrap Metal.

Snap A Photo and Share Your Story!

We love seeing how many tabs you have collected! Be sure to snap a photo with your tabs and email it to us with the story of why you collect and donate. With your permission, we will share your story and photo on social media and encourage others to join in on the fun. Email your photos to Michael at before your drop-off!

Tab Drop-off locations

Chestnut Street House

 3925 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Front and Erie House

100 E. Erie Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19134
7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 A volunteer or House Manager will be able to assist you with your donation at either house.

United Scrap Metal Drop Off Location

4301 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia PA 19104
(215) 223-1600
Open Monday-Friday 7a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please contact United Scrap Metal (USM) to inform them that you will be dropping off tabs for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House with an exact date and time.

Upon arrival, please ask for Darin Haas, Megan Laskey, or Brian Chrzanowski
and they will assist you with your drop off.

You will receive documentation reflecting the total weight of the tabs that you have dropped off at USM. At the end of every month, USM will send the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House a check on behalf of all the donors with a detailed list of each donor and the total amount donated.