Picture of a wheelchair.Pop tabs for wheelchair sign on site. Picture of a wheelchair.

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What can you do with a Pop Can Tab?

Drawing of three pop cans with tabs.

What can you do with a pop can tab? Well... you can use it to open a can of pop. You can make a musical shaker. You can make a jingly toy for your cat. Perhaps a necklace? How about some artwork? Or... you can make a wheelchair. What! Make a wheelchair? Wheelchairs don't look like they're made out of pop can tabs. Impossible! Or is it?

Here's how it works:

1. Drink a can of pop (or juice or iced tea or maybe a special drink I haven't heard of).

2. Remove the tab by bending it back and forth or twisting it a little.

3. Pop the tab into a container or bag.

4. Once that bag gets full bring it to a drop-off spot. Most people like to drop their tabs off in the Sick Kids Cafeteria (The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) or at Variety Village (3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario). If either of those places is too far for you, just call me, Robert (416-484-0551), and I will come to pick them up, or give you a better place to drop them off.

5. When the tabs get to my house, we search through them and remove anything that isn't a pop can tab. You wouldn't believe the things we find—coins, plastic bread tabs, jewelry, garbage, old food (yuk!) and bottle caps. Then the tabs go into plastic boxes that are stored in my garage. When we can't find our bikes, or toboggans or basketballs anymore, we know it's time to fill up the car with those boxes of pop can tabs. We usually have about 1000 pounds (450 kilograms) at that point.

6. Drive to a metal recycling depot. This is a place where you can sell any scrap metal so that it can be melted down and used again. All of the tabs are put in a big metal bin and then weighed. Did you know that there are about 1450 tabs in a pound? The tabs are worth more than the pop cans because they are pure aluminum and don't need to have any paint taken off them. I am usually paid between 50 and 70 cents per pound.

7. When there is enough money it's time to buy a wheelchair.

A picture of Robert showing off 800 pounds of tabs. April 15, 2008
Marty Gollan at Stark Iron and Metal. Robert negotiated 65 cents/pound and Marty donated another $10 so today’s total was $556!
800 pounds of tabs
  Marty Gollan at Stark Iron and Metal. Robert negotiated 65 cents/pound and Marty donated another $10 so today’s total was $556! April 15, 2008.

****"If you are in Newfoundland and Labrador and have been collecting tabs for Robert, please contact either Rev. Stephanie McClellan @709-454-6995 or by email at revstephmc@gmail.com. You may also call the Fraser Road United Church @ (709) 256-3000. Rev. Stephanie has a link to an aluminum recycler. Rev. Stephanie and the United Church will arrange delivery to our depot here in Gander. When Rev. Stephanie and the church receives enough tabs, they take them to the dealer and they receive the same price as Robert for the tabs. A cheque gets written to the Foundation and sent to Robert where it accumulates in the same fashion as his other donations."
***** If you do not live near a drop-off point contact Rev. Steph as she is working on a country-wide depot system for each province.


The Canadian Tire in Abbotsford, BC has agreed to be a drop-off centre and they will handle the recycling sending the cheques to Robert. Please highlight that the boxes or bags need to be dropped off at Customer Service and marked to the attention of Owner: Brad Elliott.


In Newfoundland and Labrador, people can take the tabs to any United Church and the congregations will make sure that the tabs get to Gander where they will continue with the depot duties.

***** You may collect the tabs and take them to your nearest scrap dealer. The money (cheque) can then be sent to:
Robert Hampson
12 Riverview Drive,
Toronto, ON
M4N 3C5

Cheques are made out to:
The Robert Hampson Tabs for Kids Fund

Links to a container cover for your tabs:

Click here for a Word format
Click here for a PDF file

Links to posters:

Click here for a Word format
Click here for a PDF File

Links to the President's Choice Children's Charity:

General: http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/aboutUsCharity.jsp

Application: http://t4gimages.com/lcl/article_images/PCCC_Application_EN.pdf