Ovation: Pull Tab Obsession Pay-Off – Finding An Engagement Ring.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve saved the pull tabs off of every can of soda, beer, etc. that I’ve opened. I think my grandmother started it. I don’t remember what charity fundraiser was involved but the initial rumor insisted that the aluminum in the pull tab portion of the can is extra dense and, consequently, more valuable when recycled than the can it was a part of. The truth is that they’re actually formed from an aluminum allow just like the rest of the can. Anyway, we all started saving pull tabs and it has since grown to be an obsession of mine … to the point that I’ve found myself picking them up off the ground.
It was interesting to read that I’m not the only person who suffers from this affliction. Toni Flowers Perkins recently found her engagement ring in a bag of pull tabs that she had collected. Having lost it more than ten years ago, she thought it was gone forever.
Like members of my family, Perkins donates pull tabs to a Shriner’s Hospital several times per year. Another organization that benefits from obsessive pull-tab collectors is the Ronald McDonald House. These groups receive no more than the items’ ordinary recycle value or, at best, a matching amount from another organization. To put the project into perspective, one hundred pull tabs have a scrap metal value of about three and one half cents. A million pull tabs might have a recycle value of $350. You’ve got to save a lot of pull tabs to make a difference.
Unlike Toni Flowers Perkins, I’ve never lost any jewelry amongst the pull tabs. I have, however, found coins mixed in my collections that were probably worth more than the pull tabs themselves.
I never drink out of cans … I had a bad experience … but I always keep the pull tabs. There are two of them in my pocket right now. Do you collect pull tabs?
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