Reuse Containers With The MUST System
Environmental Solutions for Takeout Food Businesses
Did you know that 87 to 93 % of City of Toronto surveyed customers support replacing single-use with reuse1? Join our program to provide them with a guilt-free takeout solution !!!
REGISTER AN AUTHORIZED USER to test run your labels (if “no record is found” after scanning QR code, call 437-231-2188 to reactivate your free labels). Use this option to submit your takeout menu to the system.
PARTICIPATE IN OUR PILOT MARKET with full services & free of charge. An opportunity to have your direct input into the program (first 30 restaurants in the GTA only):
- Data entry services and extra free labels will be provided.
- Your participation will be publicly acknowledged
- Surveys (1 before and 1 after pilot) will be conducted for your valuable input.
That come with QR code to automate access to container information
Implementation is simple, but services are made available to get you started fast
Future Products Offering
In collaboration with the industry, sustainable products will be made available in a near future
ABOUT THE MUST REUSABLES SYSTEM
Benefits for Takeout Food Businesses
Saving the environment is the main raisons d’être of the MUST system. The versatile and simple to use system will help businesses solve the alarming issue of single-use containers. The system offers a sustainable solution for your takeout food business; its implementation shows your commitment to reducing and eliminating unnecessary material waste.
Businesses are best at selecting the types of container that suit them the most. The system is designed to allow businesses to convert their own selection of containers into reusable containers. In fact, it can be used with any type of food containers. Businesses can even deploy the system on some of the current single use plastic containers to evaluate their reusability; just stay away from materials that are scientifically identified as problematic then you are on the right path to an environmentally sustainable solution.
Although upfront cost of reusable is higher, documented studies show that its breaks even after just a few uses and then annually will save a small business and its community:
- up to US$ 22,000 on food packaging cost,
- on waste management costs, it eliminates 1300 to 2200 lbs of waste (110,000 to 225,000 disposable items), and
- on litter cleanup cost.
Once deployed on a selected type of container, the system will keep track of the number of cycles that a container reaches at the end of its life to rank the container reusability versus its initial cost. Businesses can adjust the required deposit amounts for their reusable containers to test customer participation in the return-for-reuse program. Together with the material environmental footprint, the system will help identify the best types of sustainable containers for the long run. This is how we select containers for our MUST containers collection and offer them to the takeout food industry.
The system allows restaurants to evaluate and standardize on a few standard containers in order to buy containers in larger quantities at lower cost. Restaurants can team up with each other to accept container return for all of them, and customer service will be improved by having more container drop off locations. MUST system will keep a tally of the number of containers returned back at each restaurant so that container redistribution can be arranged accordingly.
Benefits for Takeout Food Consumers
The refundable deposit separates the cost of the container from the price of a food item. Consumers no longer have to bear the cost of poor quality single-use containers that get added to every takeout food order.
Information about a takeout food can be made available on the system to improve customer services, which includes:
- How to best prepare, serve, and/or preserve a takeout food item,
- The health related warning that the consumer need to be made aware of,
- The typical nutritional value per serving of a particular takeout food item.
Once the above information is stored on the system, it can be selectively attached to a container to become easily accessible to the consumer with a quick scan of the QR code on the container’s label.
Consumers can build their trust in an innovative and transparent system, designed built and managed by a third party, independent of the food establishments. All details about deposits and refunds are securely recorded on a publicly accessible database, and the reuse and recycle processes are actively managed to deliver sustainable solutions for the takeout food industry.
The Saving of the Environment
To be successful in saving the environment, a system must be designed to entice public participation and assist society’s transition away from single-use containers.
The ease of use, the public accessibility to information, and the ability to implement the system on any type of container are the key features of the system. The refundable deposit also gives an incentive to the general public for picking up a wrongly discarded reusable container and returning it for reuse.
Without a good reusable container system, single-use items will shift away from plastic to other low cost single-use containers (such as paper, aluminium) when subjected to a government ban; waste of valuable material resources will continue and a sustainable solution cannot be achieved.
Plastics are low-cost, durable, and versatile materials. When made into food containers, they offer insulating property and good protection to the food contents. The MUST plastic container is a sustainable solution created for the takeout food industry where:
- Containers are only made out of non-problematic plastic
- The return-for-reuse model allows the public to do their part in plastic waste reduction/elimination.
- Closing the recycle loop within the takeout food industry to make plastic containers an integral part of a true circular economy.
- A direct return of recycled plastic containers from the takeout food industry to the correct manufacturers, supplies them back with uncontaminated and consistent feedstock to help maintain raw material quality required for a successful recycling process.
- A low carbon footprint from plastic recycling, which consumes less energy than the production of virgin materials, and from the distribution and logistics of a lighter weight plastic container.
Since the cost of the container is no longer included in the cost of the product, better container materials and designs with more functions and features can be used to optimize the reusable economic benefit, to reduce waste and to improve customer’s satisfaction. Higher cost but fully recyclable materials such as stainless steel, aluminium or glass will become the viable options for takeout food businesses.
With good documentation about material specifications, manufacturing and distribution sources for each and every containers registered on the MUST database, we can develop a unified environmental friendly approach in the procurement and use of takeout food containers.
Collectively we can stipulate and build a responsible working relationship with manufacturers, importers and distributors to have the containers fully recycled at their end-of-life.
Need help in knowing where to start?
MUST reusables is quite a comprehensive and universal system, designed to bring you all the benefits of an innovative, environmental and user friendly approach in the handling of take out food orders. However, to start you do not need to provide all the details upfront; information can be added to the system as you go.
Commendation & Testimonials
… The Department commends you for the proactive steps you are taking to prepare for the upcoming ban or restriction on certain single-use plastic products …
Director General, Environment and Climate Change Canada
The environmental, economic, and business case for transitioning from single-use to reuse in food service
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Interested? Want to Try Reusing Containers with The MUST System?
Put your current takeout containers to a test using the MUST labels