It costs more than $1,000 a day to run The Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia, but workers found an easy eco-friendly way to reduce that cost.
The house collects pull tabs to off set bills.
Development Director, Julie Wilkerson, says, "From soda cans to soup cans...whatever you can pop a tab off of."
Thousands of the tabs go a long way. According to Wilkerson, the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia receives around $8,000 a year for recycling them.
At any given time 13 different families and anywhere from 25 to 40 people are living at the house, which makes costs add up quickly.
"They live here so they need air conditioning, and heat, and bed linings. They wash their clothes here," says Wilkerson.
Collecting the tabs and recycling them gives the house money to keep the pantry stocked and help families live more comfortably.
Wilkerson says, "A lot of time people come in and say, 'It's just a little zip-lock bag,' but a lot of zip-lock bags together makes a lot of pull tabs."
According to Wilkerson, last year nearly 16 million pull tabs were donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
One pound of the tabs is worth around 50 cents. "It cost about $1,000 a day to operate the house...so you know their pop tabs pay for ten days out of the year for our families," says Wilkerson.
It's free money for this non-profit organization. "It costs you nothing, but let's you give back and recycle at the same time," says Wilkerson.
She also says it gives families the chance to stay together when they need to the most.