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Donating Jars

Don’t throw those jars into the recycle bin!  Moving and melting glass takes a lot of energy & emissions.  Reusing is the way to go!  At Mama & Hapa’s, you can bring in your used jars and participate in a closed loop system where we can prevent items from entering landfills and give them a longer life. Please keep in mind that we are not a recycling center, and we need help to ensure that donated containers are sanitary & ready to use.

Bring ’em in!

  • Thoroughly washed, no residue
  • Containers have a lid or cap
  • Glass containers
  • Dishwasher safe plastic containers
  • Unscented & clean-ingredient laundry detergent containers

Hold off.

  • Food or soap residue (including strong smells)
  • Bleach or scented detergent containers (harsh chemical residue)
  • Containers without lids or caps
  • Containers under 1 oz size (too small for dispensers)
  • Prescription or OTC drug containers. (supplements are ok)
  • Flimsy plastic / non-dishwasher safe containers


All plastic is subject to the following rules AND may also be rejected if we don’t have space in our back room (call ahead if curious).

  • Large 1 gallon+: Milk jugs, water jugs, detergent containers, etc. We’ll take them if they are clean and non-stinky.
  • Half gallon plastic: Must be clean and non-stinky.  These may be rejected if the mouths make them hard to clean out.
  • Takeout tupperware: If they are clean, non-stinky and stack nicely, we’ll take them.  They’re great for pods, bulk powders, shower steamers, etc.
  • Anything smaller than half gallon/64oz-ish or has a tiny mouth is not accepted.
Despite bringing in clean jars, we wash every donated jar in a dishwasher with high temperature water.  Some plastic containers melt in the dishwasher and cause problems.