Example of The MUST System in Action

The MUST system is designed to allow food establishments to convert their own selection of takeout containers into reusable containers. The system’s built-in tools will allow an evaluation of the containers’ reusability, economy, and consumers’ participation.  In fact, the same evaluation allows us to select the type of containers that will be added to our MUST container collection.

Its implementation shows proof of your commitment in addressing the alarming environmental issue of single-use containers.

The system relies on the use of a label, bearing a special symbol and a QR code. The symbol indicates that a container is reusable within the MUST system. The QR code allows a quick and easy access to the container’s information.

MUST Label

Scan the above QR code to see an example of the information that is accessible to the public on the MUST reusable containers system.  (Note: if you currently do not have access to a cell phone or a mobile device, click here for a simulation of the scanning of the QR code).

Or watch the video to see an example of the MUST system in action including how a container’s Deposit or Refund is processed.

Saving the environment is the main raisons d’être of the MUST system, it was designed to deliver win/win benefits to both the foodservice businesses and their customers and to facilitate society transition to a sustainable reuse economy.   Learn more about the scientific approaches that lead to Zero-waste in the foodservice industry.

Detailed instructions About How To Use The System:

  • How to use the MUST products and their databases?
  • How to prepare for the best implementation of the MUST system?

The uniqueness of the System

Food establishment can buy customized labels to put on the containers of their choice and made them reusable. The system’s built-in tools will allow an evaluation of the containers’ reusability, economy, and consumers’ participation in the deposit-refund program. 

Optionally they can buy pre-labelled MUST containers that we will gradually introduce to the market based on a proven efficiency, economy and a choice of fully recyclable materials.

Containers registered on the MUST system are identified by a recycling symbol encircling a dollar sign, which notifies the public that they are returnable for refund using the deposit/refund process of the MUST system.

The QR code automates public access to online information related to each and every container registered on the system.  When scanned with a mobile device it provides the fastest and most user-friendly access to a range of information and data as described below.

To the consumers this information will tell them

  • What food establishment does the container belong to?
  • Where and when to return it?
  • How much is the refundable deposit amount?

For food establishments, when a container is returned for reuse, it will tell them:

  • Does the returned container belong to them or one of their business association?
  • Does the customer return it before the deadline specified by the restaurant?
  • How much is the deposit amount to be refunded?

A cycle counter keeps track of the number of reuse cycles that each container reaches at its end-of-life, this allows restaurants to evaluate the reusability of a selected container that they use in their takeout business.  Moreover, the material specifications, distribution and manufacturing sources kept on the system database will allow the best possible recycling process for the containers at the end of their life.

Customer satisfaction of a takeout food order will be improved by making available the following information on the MUST system for each takeout food item:

  • How to best prepare, serve, and/or preserve a takeout food,
  • The health related warning that the consumer needs to be made aware of,
  • The typical nutrition value per serving for a particular takeout food.

A quick selection of a food item on the takeout menu when processing a deposit will attach the above information to a reusable takeout container.

Depending on the cost of the selected containers, businesses can determine the deposit amount for each type and size of container, they can adjust the required deposit to test and improve customer participation in the return-for-reuse program.

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