Single use disposable containers are widely used for a variety of products. Reuse of the containers offers environmental benefits. This disclosure describes techniques to facilitate efficient reuse of commodity packaging via an incentivized system for tracking of purchases. During product manufacture, unique metallic QR codes are embedded into product containers marked with a sticker indicative of the amount due to the consumer for the returned container. The QR codes are registered in a central database and enable tracking of the containers. Upon completion of product use, consumers can place the container into repositories placed at suitable locations. A full-sphere X-ray is used to read multiple QR codes and provide immediate credit to the consumer while recording container details. Product use information associated with consumers can be determined based on the recovered containers. With user permission, purchase information of specific products can be utilized to determine the effectiveness of advertisements. A portion of advertising revenue can be shared with the consumer.
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Berg, Garrett F., "Implanted QR Code Enabled Incentivized System for Container Reuse", Technical Disclosure Commons, (April 03, 2020)