The car park where you can pay with plastic… bottles!

The car park where you can pay with plastic… bottles! Eco-friendly parking chiefs introduce scheme where drivers exchange recycling to get a free stay

  • CitiPark site in Leeds gives drivers a 20p discount on every bottle they bring 
  • Customers can exchange as many as they like up to a 100 percent discount 
  • At £19 for 24 hours of parking, customers would need 95 for whole day free

Green-minded car park chiefs after offering free parking to motorists – in exchange for old plastic bottles.

Each bottle at the CitiPark site in Leeds is worth 20p and customers can bring as many as they like, so a whole day of parking can be had for free.

To claim the discount, drivers must hand the containers over to an attendant in exchange for vouchers.

Each bottle at the CitiPark site in Leeds is worth 20p and customers like recruitment consultant Lucy Harris, 30, (pictured) can bring enough for whole day’s free parking

After receiving the bottles, which have to be at least 500ml, they will be recycled into items such as clothing, furniture and toys.

The green initiative is currently being piloted by CitiPark throughout October.

Parking tariffs range from £3 for one hour to £19 for twenty four hours, meaning customers would need 95 bottles for a whole day of free parking.


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Parking attendant Chris Jones, said: ‘This scheme is all about helping the environment, which is something our company takes quite seriously.

‘Drivers just need to come to the customer services desk with their bottles and we’ll give them a discount on their ticket.

‘They can bring as many as they like but they do have to be at least 500ml.’

The green initiative is currently being piloted by CitiPark throughout October. Pictured: Attendant Chris Jones with driver Paul Riddsdale (in maroon)

To claim the discount, drivers must hand the containers over to an attendant in exchange for vouchers

Mr Jones said customers were keen on the idea and had regularly been bringing in bottles. 

‘Hopefully this kind of thing could be introduced on a longer term basis,’ he added.

A host of other companies are also running schemes rewarding customers for recycling as plastic usage comes under scrutiny.

Visitors to Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsor and Chessington World of Adventures can exchange plastic bottles for discount vouchers and Tesco are to pay shoppers 10p for plastic bottles.

Parking tariffs range from £3 for one hour to £19 for twenty four hours, meaning customers would need 95 bottles for a whole day of free parking

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