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1. WO2020136379 - RECYCLABLE CONTAINER VERIFICATION SYSTEM

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CLAIMS

1. A recyclable container verification method to be carried out by a processor, comprising the steps of:

retrieving container identification information from a recyclable container, wherein the container identification information comprises information to uniquely identify a container;

retrieving collection identification information which identifies a collection point for receiving recyclable containers;

identifying whether a relative location of the container and the collection point is within a proximity threshold;

accessing a database comprising container identification information for a plurality of containers and collection identification information for a plurality of collection points;

comparing the retrieved container identification information and the retrieved collection identification information to entries contained within the database; and,

if the retrieved container identification information and the retrieved collection identification information are entered in the database and if the relative location is within the threshold:

outputting an entry into the database which associates the container with the collection point, such that a container is deemed recycled only when a notification is received in proximity of a suitable collection point.

2. A method according to claim 1 wherein the collection identification information uniquely identifies a collection point.

3. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the container identification information is encoded as a data matrix code and wherein the data matrix code is attached to the recyclable container.

4. A method according to claim 3 wherein the step of retrieving container identification information comprises scanning the data matrix code attached to the recyclable container.

5. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the collection point comprises a tag, the tag configured to electronically store the collection identification information.

6. A method according to claim 5 wherein the tag comprises a transmitter which emits a signal configured to provide the collection identification information to a mobile computing device.

7. A method according to claim 5 wherein the tag comprises a transceiver which transmits a first signal and receives a second signal and wherein the tag is configured to communicate with a mobile computing device to exchange identification information.

8. A method according to any of claims 5 to 7 wherein the step of retrieving collection identification information comprises receiving, at a mobile computing device, a short range communication signal emitted by the tag, the signal including the collection identification information.

9. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the step of identifying whether a relative location of the container and the collection point is within a proximity threshold comprises retrieving a current GNSS location of a mobile computing device, obtaining a location of the collection point, and comparing the current GNSS location to the location of the collection point. .

10. A method according to any of claims 5 to 8 wherein the step of identifying whether a relative location of the container and the collection point is within a proximity threshold comprises receiving, at a mobile computing device, a short range communication signal emitted by the tag.

11. A method according to any preceding claim wherein the step of identifying whether a relative location of the container and the collection point is within a proximity threshold comprises receiving, at an electronic device

attached to the collection point, a short range communication signal emitted by a mobile computing device.

12. A method according to any preceding claim, further comprising identifying a location of a mobile computing device using GNSS and comparing the GNSS location of the mobile computing device to an expected location of the collection point.

13. A mobile computing device for recyclable container verification comprising a processor configured to:

retrieve container identification information from a container, wherein the container identification information comprises information configured to uniquely identify a container;

retrieve collection identification information which identifies a collection point;

identify whether a relative location of the container and the collection point is within a proximity threshold;

access a database comprising container identification information for a plurality of containers and collection identification information for a plurality of collection points;

compare the retrieved container identification information and the retrieved collection identification information to entries contained within the database; and,

if the retrieved container identification information and the retrieved collection identification information are entered in the database and if the relative location is within the threshold:

output an entry into the database which associates the container with the collection point, such that a container is deemed recycled only when a notification of recycling is received in proximity of a suitable collection point.

14. A device according to claim 12 wherein the collection identification information comprises information configured to uniquely identify a collection point.

15. A device according to claim 13 or 14 further comprising a scanning module configured to scan a data matrix code attached to the container to retrieve the container identification information.

16. A device according to claim 13 or 14 further comprising a scanning module configured to scan a property integral to the container to retrieve the container identification information.

17. A device according to any of claims 13 to 16 further comprising a transceiver module configured to retrieve the collection identification information from a tag attached to the collection point, the tag electronically storing the collection identification information.

18. A device according to claim 17 wherein the mobile computing device is configured to receive a short range communication signal from the tag, the signal including the collection identification information.

19. A device according to claim 18, wherein the mobile computing device is configured to identify whether a relative location of the container and the collection point is within a proximity threshold based on receipt of the short range communication signal.

20. A collection point for receiving recyclable containers comprising a tag which electronically stores and transmits collection identification information which uniquely identifies the collection point.

21. A collection point according to claim 20 wherein the identifier comprises a transceiver configured to transmit a first signal and to receive a second signal to exchange identification information with a mobile computing device.

22. A collection point according to claim 20 or 21 wherein the tag is configured to emit a short range communication signal, the signal including the collection identification information.

23. A recyclable container verification system comprising:

a mobile computing device according to any of claims 13 to 19; and a collection point according to any of claims 20 to 22.

24. A computer-readable storage medium comprising instructions which, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to carry out the method of any of claims 1 to 12.