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.
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.
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.
When there is enough money it's time to buy a wheelchair.
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.
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 email@example.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.
NEWS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA:
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.
NEWS FROM NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
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:
12 Riverview Drive,
Cheques are made out to:
The Robert Hampson Tabs for Kids Fund
to a container cover for your tabs:
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Links to the President's Choice Children's Charity: