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Hello community! We will launch our app as soon as Apple and Google approve.  Please check out the link. Reply with an email and we will email you with the download links as soon as possible.

https://www.voluntaryrefundvalue.com
 
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Interesting!
On your site, the pdf link for the current materials is an email link, same as the one below it. I was curious what you are crediting, but can't find out without watching video (which is not my thing.)
I'm also curious how it all works, but don't care to watch video, text explanation would be nice.

Hope it does well :) We need more recycling!
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:Interesting!
On your site, the pdf link for the current materials is an email link, same as the one below it. I was curious what you are crediting, but can't find out without watching video (which is not my thing.)
I'm also curious how it all works, but don't care to watch video, text explanation would be nice.

Hope it does well :) We need more recycling!



Thanks for pointing out the current materials,  looks like I forgot to post my update.

So basically  to setup your recycling schedule you pay $1.00-$2.00 (currently corks and clothes 8500 locations). You have till Friday 5:00 PM pst to turn in your materials. To turn in your corks or clothes you have to be within 1056 feet from a recycling location (GPS required). The app will timestamp everyone who turned their material on time and everyone who did not.

The backend server will then do automated accounting and push notification all users how much funds were credited to the account and how much funds were not.  70% of your 1-2 dollars are credited to a sweepstake account if you recycle on time. If you do not recycle on time the funds are pending and will be used to entice users to recycle.

To get in the sweepstakes you dont have to recycle , all you have to do is go to the sweepstakes screen and touch 'get in'.

However, we are hoping people will become more conscious and start recycling instead of just trying to win a prize. We will add all practical materials and we also want the communities request. For example, if you guys want baby diapers, then we will program it and acquire dropoff locations with the help of the community.

Share with your family and friends and if you have an email I will email you a link once the app is ready in app store or Google play.
 
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So how big of an area are you running? One city area? Or a state?
I know very well you aren't doing it here, for one thing GPS tends to not function in the backwoods :) But I am curious.
 
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The locations are bevmo, salvation army and goodwill. 8500 locations. This app is just for the USA. The whole point of the app is to acquire dedicated users and reward them as well as investing the money into recycling. It's a community effort. Please share with your family and friends. I will provide a download link asap.
 
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what company is bevmo? never heard of it. maybe not where I'm at. google says its wine store....lol
 
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bernetta putnam wrote:what company is bevmo? never heard of it. maybe not where I'm at. google says its wine store....lol



Bevmo is in Arizona,  Washington and California. They sell all kinds of alcohol. However, no matter where your from , you can always contact local businesses to make a vrv account and add their business. They can start accepting the materials the app currently supports.

In areas where GPS is bad, we can still use a mobile connection and broaden the range from 1056 feet to whatever is necessary (an easy app update). View attachment.
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So people aren't paid out individually, someone wins the pay out. Is your list of pickup locations published? I mean so that people can determine that the location actually exist or that materials are in fact allowed to be dropped off there.

Do you have a lottery license? Do you know if one is required for this sort of enterprise. I know it would be in Canada if you are in fact paying out by Lottery.
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:So people aren't paid out individually, someone wins the pay out. Is your list of pickup locations published? I mean so that people can determine that the location actually exist or that materials are in fact allowed to be dropped off there.

Do you have a lottery license? Do you know if one is required for this sort of enterprise. I know it would be in Canada if you are in fact paying out by Lottery.



Locations in the app exist, and we have api so that users can report if a location does not exist. We will then remove the location from the database. View attachment.


Consumers have no schedule to recycle. Therefore,  it's common for consumers to hold onto material indefinitely or downright toss it in the trash (eg., batteries). This app is not a lottery. We can do anything we want with the money to increase recycling demand. For example, we can run a sweepstakes (anybody can run a sweepstakes).

A lottery includes three things: (1) chance, (2) prize, (3) and consideration. To successfully run a contest or sweepstakes and not an illegal lottery, you must eliminate one of these factors. A contest, for example, eliminates chance and a sweepstakes eliminates consideration (typically an entry fee).

We eliminate consideration because your not required to pay $1-2 to enter in the sweepstakes. Voluntary refund value is our patent pending business method to increase recycling because on avg, consumers receive trivial to 0 things to recycle,  but not with Vrv. We have a 70 / 30 allocation. 70% goes right back to the community. View the video on our website by selecting and reading how Vrv works.

As soon as Google and Apple approve we will, launch the app this month.

Www.voluntaryrefundvalue.com


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I think I understand. I can see how you're not a lottery since people don't have to spend any money to enter. Do they have to go within that distance of a Recycling Depot to enter?

It looks like 70% is allocated for the sweepstakes regardless of weather people make the deadline. It's just put forward to the next sweepstakes, is that correct or will there be times when you retain more than 30%?

I assume that you don't own any of these facilities, they are just places that allow recycling. So it looks like you are primarily providing a database of recycling depots, is that correct?

Does your app have a way to link people to each facility so that they can determine whether or not they take certain products, before they drive there

Some of these places may have a fee involved in order to drop stuff off. Do some of the places charge a fee? Is that fee reduced, if they can show that your app brought them there? I'm just trying to see how people can recoup the money they spent.

Do you get paid by the recycling depot, for bringing people in, or by receiving a portion of any money that consumers pay for drop off?
 
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Q: Do they have to go within that distance of a Recycling Depot to enter? 

A: No the user can get in the sweepstakes as long as they reside in the USA.


Q: Will there be times when you retain more than 30%? 

A: The business summary on the website explains this thoroughly, but in short we aren't striving to retain more than 30%. We need just enough for overhead.

However, as the business grows the 70/30 allocation may need to be adjusted in the terms of service for overhead because we don't know how what the future holds. At times we may give 100% back to the community. Regardless, majority of the funds will be used to increase recycling demand and reward users.



Q: So it looks like you are primarily providing a database of recycling depots, is that correct? 

A: Yes, and consumers still throw material in the trash regardless that there are tons of places to turn the materials in. We have come up with an innovative incentive to get consumers within 1056 feet from these locations. Even if the consumer falsifies , at least they are becoming conscious about recycling and they have an app to remind them. Also, we would like to use contests to get users to talk to local businesses to sign up and collect a material (providing more locations).

Q: Does your app have a way to link people to each facility so that they can determine whether or not they take certain products, before they drive there.

A: We will start conquering one material at a time to address this issue head on. We use Google maps so the address will show what businesses are there and the user can call if need be. View attachment. We have api in the app for the user to query that x location does not accept a material.


Q: Some of these places may have a fee involved in order to drop stuff off. Do some of the places charge a fee? 

A: We will start conquering one material at a time to address this issue head on. We will start off with the easiest materials first and go into the fee materials (this is where we may adjust 70/30 allocation when it comes to materials with fees).

Q:Do you get paid by the recycling depot, for bringing people in, or by receiving a portion of any money that consumers pay for drop off?

A: No we don't get paid by the depots for bringing people in or for drop off fees. The depots are public information. However, the app will have advertising upon a successful drop off and this provides a way to get paid by the depots (especially if they want to advertise to the users).
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It definitely sounds like a workable plan. You might want to encourage people to tell those at the recycling depots, that your app brought them there. If that's something you can track, then it would certainly work in your favor when you ask them to spend a little money on advertising. If you can show that you are bringing in a substantial percentage of their customers, then perhaps they could be encouraged to offer some perk to those customers.

I recycle for a living. Whole buildings and building materials. If somebody was providing me with 10% of my customers, I would definitely spend a portion of that on advertising with them, to keep it coming. Mine isn't a drop off situation. I produce reclaimed materials for sale, but if I were running a depot, I would definitely sign up for something like this.
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Here's something that would add to your software cost but that would definitely help you create a bit of a community around your site. Create a message board where users could post items that they are looking to give away. So often, stuff goes to a Recycling Depot when someone could reuse it instead. There are already many services like this, but something attached to the recycling app, would tend to put like-minded people together. Of course I have no concept of how much work it would be to create something like that. It would need to be region-specific. We have some drop-off centers where everything is guarded closely, and others where reusable stuff is laid out for people to take.
 
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That's a good idea. A forum would be nice. It's actually a simple framework.
 
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Hello, community. Apple will be available for download in the App store in 24 hrs, Google will be available three days after. Share with your family and friends and lets clean this place up. Thanks.

Apple link:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/myapp/id1458954523?ls=1
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:It definitely sounds like a workable plan. You might want to encourage people to tell those at the recycling depots, that your app brought them there. If that's something you can track, then it would certainly work in your favor when you ask them to spend a little money on advertising. If you can show that you are bringing in a substantial percentage of their customers, then perhaps they could be encouraged to offer some perk to those customers.

I recycle for a living. Whole buildings and building materials. If somebody was providing me with 10% of my customers, I would definitely spend a portion of that on advertising with them, to keep it coming. Mine isn't a drop off situation. I produce reclaimed materials for sale, but if I were running a depot, I would definitely sign up for something like this.
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Here's something that would add to your software cost but that would definitely help you create a bit of a community around your site. Create a message board where users could post items that they are looking to give away. So often, stuff goes to a Recycling Depot when someone could reuse it instead. There are already many services like this, but something attached to the recycling app, would tend to put like-minded people together. Of course I have no concept of how much work it would be to create something like that. It would need to be region-specific. We have some drop-off centers where everything is guarded closely, and others where reusable stuff is laid out for people to take.



Apple is ready, but Google is taking some time to publish. If you have family and friends with an Apple device let them know so we can get this party started.

Apple link:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/myapp/id1458954523?ls=1
 
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