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Container Reuse Program

July 10, 2018 2 Comments

Container Reuse Program

Since 2003 Hummingbird Wholesale has managed a successful container reuse program. Co-owner Charlie Tilt wanted to use an alternative system to recycling that would save more energy and be gentler on the environment.

In 2012, a Master Recycler named Cory Fulton volunteered to analyze the energy savings of our container reuse program for glass jars. We found that when our customers participate in our container reuse program, there is significant energy savings compared to disposing of the jars (by recycling or landfill) or using new jars for subsequent product. Not only did our container reuse program confirm that reuse is a better choice than recycling by far, but we also found that energy savings increase sharply the more times a jar is reused.

One hundred percent of Hummingbird Wholesale brand liquids we distribute are packed in reusable glass and plastic containers. Our returned containers are washed using Biokleen—a natural, non-toxic biodegradable soap—and sanitized using Perasan. For all adhesive material, we use a natural orange oil.

We encourage the return of our reusable containers by charging a refundable deposit on all Hummingbird branded containers. In 2016, our customer participation was 76% for plastic and 42% for our large glass containers. In eight years, Hummingbird has reused over 108,000 lbs of plastic containers and over 71,000 lbs of glass containers. Let’s work together to increase our container reuse to 100% participation to save more plastic and glass!




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Hummingbird Wholesale
Hummingbird Wholesale

March 03, 2022

You can return your glass jars and jugs to the store where you bought them. Or you can return them directly to us here in Eugene. We are located at 150 Shelton McMurphey Blvd., Eugene, OR 97401

Kathleen Rutecki
Kathleen Rutecki

February 22, 2022

Please advise my on how to recycle your 16 oz jars. I was told you reuse them, (which I love!) but I don’t see on your website where I can drop them off. Thanks in advance.

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