The small tab on top of aluminum cans might not seem like much, but when brought together in large quantities, it can make a monumental difference. It takes approximately 1,128 pop tabs to equal one pound. This brings in an average of $3,000 each year. The funds generated from recycling these aluminum gems help offset the House’s expenses.

  • This is a great opportunity for someone to give back, and anyone can collect tab tops. You can collect them by yourself or get a bunch of your friend or coworkers to come together and collect tab tops together.
  • You can drop off the tab tops, or if you would like to pick up some of our tab top houses, please feel free to stop by our House near Blank Children’s Hospital (1441 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA 50314) Monday-Sunday anytime from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are out of the Des Moines area and not able to pick up one of our cardboard houses, download and utilize these labels we have for your collection containers.
  • If you have large tab top donations (trash bags, boxes, bins, etc.), please call the House at (515) 243-2111 before dropping them off.