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1. (WO2018085334) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USED CONTAINER COLLECTION

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/085334    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/059455
Publication Date: Sat May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Nov 02 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: B07C 5/34
B30B 9/32
G01N 21/21
G01N 21/25
G07F 7/06
Applicants: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
Inventors: JONES, Nicholaus A.
JONES, Matthew A.
Title: APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USED CONTAINER COLLECTION
Abstract:
Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein used container collection. A system for used container intake, comprises a receptacle configured to receive used containers from customers, a sensor system configured to detect dimensions and conditions from containers placed in the receptacle, a used container database, a conveyor system, and a control circuit coupled to the sensor system and the used container database. The control circuit being configured to assign a container identifier to a container detected by the sensor system, measure a container dimension of the container with the sensor system, determine a container condition based on whether the container is suitable for reuse, associate the container dimension with the container identifier in the used container database, and cause the conveyor system to route the container based on the container condition.