Students recycle pop-tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House

SUNY Upstate College of Medicine

Second-year medical student Sarah Lander with some pop tabs destined for recycling to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Photo by Wendy Meyer-Wilson.

Attention, Upstate soda drinkers!

Before you (properly) recycle the container, take a moment and remove the aluminum pop tab. That simple act — along with putting the tab in a designated collection container on campus — will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York.

The collection containers are at the main desk in  the Health Sciences Library in Weiskotten Hall,  and in the main office at the Geneva Tower residence hall.

Suggestions for other campus locations can be sent to Wendy Meyer-Wilson, senior assistant director of Student Admissions, at

Meyer-Wilson e-mailed students last month to let them know about the pop-tab campaign. When Sarah Lander, a second-year medical student, was home recently, she learned that a friend had been collecting pop-tabs and had a serious stockpile (see photo).

“I told him about the Ronald McDonald House and he said he would be happy to give them to me to bring to school for such a great cause,” Sarah said.

The collection is a year-round program, so pop those tabs and put them to good use.

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