Girl Scouts

Pop Tab Patch Program

Little things can mean a lot…

Even the youngest daisy troop member can make the world a better place. Saving pop tabs is easy! They’re compact, with a high concentration of recyclable aluminum.

Since 2000, recycling little aluminum tabs on the tops of soda cans has generated more than $331,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. Revenue raised from recycling these little bits of aluminum helps to keep families whose seriously ill children are undergoing treatment in the Milwaukee area close. In 2016, about 37% of our families were able to contribute the suggested $20 a night, but in reality, the cost is almost $90 per night. We are grateful for your support so no family is ever turned away for their inability to pay.


  1. Patches are distributed ONCE PER YEAR at Tab Toss Day. If your troop is unable to attend, patches will be mailed after this event.
  2. Troops outside of Wisconsin may receive patches for their collections. Please email Sophia to learn more:

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Register your troops for 2016-2017 collection in September 2016! To offset the cost of patches, we charge a $1.00 per scout registration fee. Once registration opens the form at the bottom of this page will prompt you to pay by credit card. Deadline to register troops for 2017 collection is Friday, March 31, 2017. Deadline to turn in tabs is Friday, May 12, 2017 (if unable to attend Tab Toss Day).
  2. You may choose to use our pop tab collection houses available courtesy of Menasha Corporation. Tab Houses can be picked up at the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee, Marcus Cinemas in Sheboygan, Hollywood Cinemas in Appleton, the Girl Scout Service Center in Appleton or Bay Park Cinemas in Green Bay. You may also choose to create your own containers, posters and/or labels.

Alternatively, you may:

Plan to attend Tab Toss Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 12:00-1:30pm. at United Milwaukee Scrap, 3100 West Concordia Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53216.

Drop off your tabs at any Great Clips located in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Take the pop tabs to your local recycling center and have the check made out to Ronald McDonald House Charities and mail it to 8948 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226.

Drop off your pop tabs at your local McDonald’s Restaurant in Northeastern WI.

If you are part of the GSNWGL Council, you may give your collection to your Community Development Manager or drop them off at the nearest service center.

Drop your tabs off at the Ronald McDonald House on Watertown Plank Road in Milwaukee, any day between 9:00am.-9:00pm.

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