Many of the tabs he has collected himself, but friends have donated some, too.
Thirty years later, Spinler still plans to donate the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House — but not quite yet. He wants to top off the box first, which he estimates will take right around 3 million tabs.
“Another year. I don’t know how long it’s going to take to fill it,” he said.
The Ronald McDonald House collects the tabs and has volunteers who transport them to local recycling centers. Most years, the money they collect adds up to between $10,000 and $15,000.
Once the box is full, Spinler also plans to reach out to the Guinness Book of World Records. He doesn’t know what the largest pop tab collection on record is, he says, but 3 million has got to be close.
“I’m proud of what I’m doing,” he told the People’s Press. “I wish I’d written down all the people that donated.”