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Why do schools still collect aluminum tabs? Answered

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So I found all the dialysis time pull tabs can "purchase" is not true. I also found it is the same aluminum as the can. Thus rendering a milk jug full @ well under $5 US.  Whats the point in schools spending all this effort to collect them? Thanks

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JRV31 (author)2015-01-12

I have heard that it is because the tab is made of 6061 T6 (Expensive) aluminium while the rest of the can is made of cheap aluminum.

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iceng (author)2013-02-07

I looked at salvage Al prices around 59¢  a pound
while Copper is $3.60 a pound.

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onrust (author)iceng2013-02-07

Are those your local prices? Man, that's good.

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iceng (author)onrust2013-02-07

I tried national scrap dealers but Cu pricing was California as they have
a lot of rules who can sell the metal.

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onrust (author)iceng2013-02-07

Interesting. I do know here in Az. there is a different price with a business license.....but my Cu price yesterday was $2.95. I couldn't help myself, I had to question the $0.65 lol

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mpilchfamilyBest Answer (author)2013-02-07

What schools are still collecting tabs? There are no programs that give schools money for them. Now schools do collect box tops cause General mills has a program for that.

The only time i can remember collecting tabs was in middle school but it wasn't to turn in at school. Depending on if you could get the ring to pop off with the tab or not would determine what kind of "favor" you could get for them. Not that anyone collected on those "favors" or offered them. it was more of a "who can collect the most" kind of thing.

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onrust (author)mpilchfamily2013-02-07

Everyone in my family is saving them for my niece's school in Tucson. I was quite curious as to why.

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mpilchfamily (author)onrust2013-02-07

From what i can find it may be a school competition to see what class can collect the most. Apparently the Ronald McDonald House charity also collects pop tabs. that may be a charity the school is collecting to help support.

http://rmhc.org/how-you-can-help/pop-tab-collections/

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onrust (author)mpilchfamily2013-02-07

Oh wow! Thanks and that link even explains why just the tabs.

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vince 09 (author)2013-02-07

It is not a school but I think the Ronald McDonald houses collect them or at least they used to. In case you don't know that the Ronald McDonald house is it is kind of like a hotel for people that have children in the children's hospital I know there is one in Kansas city and St. Louis mo. we stay in them when my sister is in the hospital.

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bwrussell (author)2013-02-07

We never collected those in school. I'm guessing their planning some sort of class or school project that requires them.

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