Recycling Program FAQs

Pop-Tab Program

Who do I contact for questions about the Pop-Tab Program?

Melody Moran, Development Director, oversees the Pop-Tab Recycling Program.  She can be reached via email at or by phone at (706) 321-0033 x 103. 

What type of container do I use to collect pop-tabs?

You can purchase a pre-fabricated Pop-Tab Collection Box from the Ronald McDonald House or pick up a free, self-adhesive Pop-Tab Collection label and put it on a jar, jug or cardboard box.  If you are creative, you can make your own Pop-Tab Collection Box.  The choice is up to you!

Who can collect pop-tabs?

Everyone!  Youth groups, students, employees, individuals, civic and garden clubs, etc.  We award service hours to students who implement the recycling program in their school, church groups, clubs, etc.

Where do I put the collection container?

The best location to place a collection container is where people typically open their drinks.  Therefore, kitchens, vending areas, lunchrooms, breakrooms, classrooms and event grounds are great collection areas.

Where do I take my tabs to be recycled?

If you are in Columbus, you can take your tabs directly to Schnitzer Southeast, located at 420 10th Avenue near the intersection of 10th Avenue and 5th Street.  You can also deliver them to the Ronald McDonald House, 1959 Hamilton Road, and we will take them to be recycled.  If you live outside of the Columbus area, please refer to the list below for the recycling facility near you:

  • Garrett Recycling - 236 Hines Road, Hogansville, GA 30230   ph: 706-883-7384
  • B & B Recycling - 411 S. 10th Street, Opelika, AL 
  • Schnitzer Southeast - 1301 E. Gordon Avenue, Albany, GA
  • Southeast Recycling - 122 N Broadway Street, Albany, GA

When I deliver the tabs, do I need to say anything special to the recycler?

Yes!  When you deliver your tabs to one of our recycling partners or to the Ronald McDonald House, tell the person who helps you that your tabs are part of the Ronald McDonald House Recycling Program.  If you would like for a specific elementary school to receive contest credit for the tabs you deliver, please tell the person that information as well.

Will I receive some kind of proof that I turned in tabs?

Yes!  You will be given a receipt when you turn in tabs at either location.  If you deliver them directly to one of our recycling partners, fax or mail a copy of your receipt to the Ronald McDonald House and we will confirm that your donation was recorded.

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