Hi Shimolee Thanks for adding me to the team. It looks like moving away from the walmart model would change your options for logistics and make it more difficult to create a new "points" incentive. Logistics could maybe rely on existing system, but it depends strongly on location. Did you have a location in mind?
One thing i was thinking was on really how to "shape" the behaviour so that bringing it back is not such a burden? I had a few thought starters but feel free to dismiss them if they dont make that much sense: - how about starting small and doing this just for bottle and cans? Its easier to store and carry around - how about creating some sort of cool smart storage that can easily be taken back to walmart? Even better, what if this storage could be sold at walmart?
This sounds like an amazing idea! In my view, there are two main points that deserve more refinement and if tackled could make this a bullet proof idea: 1. How can we make it easier for consumers to bring back their trash in a return visit to walmart? Will they remember to bring it back? Will they want to carry around trash? We need to acknowledge that consumers will not necessarily carry around their trash back to Walmart for energy points. In that sense, Recycle Bank had a great advantage which was that users didn't have to make an extra effort be part of it.
2. What's the operational scheme and its economic value to walmart? It would be great to simulate the idea in one region of walmart to understand exactly how trucks are routed (not all locations leave with empty trucks, so not all stores could be part of the program, for example) and what's in it for walmart to use their store space as well as employees's time to collect the recyclables as well as give away free products? Does it pay off or does it need financial support to be sustainable?