From Soft Drink Cans for Charity-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
There are various eRumors
about fund-raising projects that involve collecting and recycling
pop-tabs from soft drink cans.
There isn't any way of classifying all of the tab collection
It is best to check with the charity that is named in the email to confirm the story.
Since pop tabs are aluminum and can be recycled, there are
fund-raising projects that collect them and donate the proceeds to
One charity told us
that a truckload of cans yields about $10 at the recycler while a
truckload of tabs yields about $1,000.
It seems to depend, however, on which recycling company you're
dealing with. Some of them don't accept tabs for recycling.
The reason there is any question about pop tab projects, however, is
that one of the oldest and most widely circulated urban legends
involves the alleged collection of pop tabs to be donated to the
National Kidney Foundation for helping pay for dialysis treatments
for kidney patients.
The National Kidney Foundation says it
does not have, and has never had, a pop-tab collection project and
that it isn't really needed since, at the moment, Medicare typically pays for 80 percent of the cost of dialysis time, regardless of the age of the patient.
Private insurance and state programs usually pay for the remaining 20
There are some pop tab projects, however, and some have done well.
Tabs for Wheelchairs, a successful effort in Canada, actually got
started because of an urban legend.
with Jack Baumber of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 229 in Elora,
He has led a tab collection effort since 1989
that has donated more than 400 wheelchairs to people who need
He says it all got started when he heard that tabs were
being collected to provide a wheelchair for a 4-year-old girl.
He and others accumulated some tabs, only to find out that the whole
thing was a rumor and there was no such project.
He decided to
see how much the tabs they had collected were worth at a recycling
plant and that inspired him to turn the rumor into reality.