Sparkl has designed and used several different reusables systems. These include both a deposit system for check out with a refund upon return – Sparkl uses integrated card readers with vendor P.O.S. and they are working to integrate back end systems with existing company ID cards and other apps already in use by employees – and a yearly subscription model. The subscription is $35 and subscribers can check out two containers at a time from a locking dispenser using a provided code.
Sparkl offers both on-site and off-site options for dishwashing. For accounts with off-site washing, Sparkl works with community-based nonprofits, such as soup kitchens and workforce development organizations, to conduct pick up, drop off and washing operations. Pick-up and drop off by electric vehicle, bicycle or foot, is performed weekly, but additional pick-ups/drop-offs can be scheduled. The same vehicle is used for dirty and clean containers, but safe food handling is ensured using liner bags for dirty containers and sealed bags for clean containers. The process has been approved by county health departments.
If on-site dishwashing is available, Sparkl will facilitate meetings with all stakeholders to create buy-in, conduct trainings with kitchen staff, and provide a method for inventory monitoring and metrics reporting. Depending on the agreement, they may also offer compensation for additional time for dishwashing staff.