Medford man breaks Rochester pop tab donation record

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Monday morning marked the conclusion of a donation three decades in the making.

Medford’s Jim Spinler has been collecting pop tabs for more than 30 years. He arrived at Rochester’s Ronald McDonald charity with his 4x8x4 container (with some extra buckets on the side) all filled with tabs.

Spinler estimates there are more than 4,000,000 tabs altogether.

Spinler says he started collecting tabs after his friend’s son spent time at the Ronald McDonald House a generation ago.

“Well, I’ll just say I’m so happy I get to do this. You know that’s the main thing. If everybody else thought about doing something else besides themselves…the world would be in a lot more better shape,” says Spinler.

Monday, Spinler made his donation official, giving the newly renovated charity a big boost.

The non-profit takes the tabs and trades them in for cash at a recycling center.

“I never dreamed I’d fill this box…that’s for sure. There’s a lot of weight there,” Says Spinler.

Spinler says he plans to fill his container up again and will keep collecting and donating tabs as long as he’s alive.

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota says Spinler’s donation weighed in at approximately 2,120 pounds. That’s more than one ton of pop tabs.

In a news release late Monday night, the charity says it’s the largest donation of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester in its 40-year history. It also hopes Spinler’s efforts inspire others to do the same.