Somewhere on the cups, there will be a bar code. More on that later. In the grocery store(s), there would be a machine (along with bottles and cans). You put your cup(s) in just like it were a can or bottle, and the machine would scan it, determine the number of points you earned, the company the cup is from, and the condition of the cup. When you're finished, just press the button on the machine, and it will print your receipt showing how many points you earned. You can then use these points at any location that uses this system. If the cup is in bad condition, it will be sent to a factory to be recycled. If the cup is in good condition, the machine will scan the bar code on the cup, and sent back to a location for the franchise it came from. Once a cup has been scanned a certain number of times, it will be put with the cups that are in bad condition, and sent to a factory.