Pay For Your Parking By Recycling Your Plastic Bottles

Mon 22nd Oct 2018

We’re used to scrambling around for spare change to pay for our car parking, and often we revert to plastic through our bank card, but never before have we been able to pay with plastic bottles!

But now one major UK car parking firm is giving drivers the option of exchanging their old plastic bottles for car parking vouchers to pay for their stay. CitiPark, which has facilities across the UK, including Leeds, Manchester, Watford and London is trialling the scheme at its Leeds Merrion Centre shopping location.

The scheme will see drivers receive a voucher worth 20p in exchange for each empty bottle and there is no limit on the number of bottles being used, so long as they are 500ml or larger.

Speaking in The Guardian, parking attendant Richard Bedford suggested the scheme is proving to be popular with city-centre drivers, he said: “It’s been going really well. One chap came in with 30 bottles. He only needed 15 to pay for his parking, so he’s bringing the rest back next week.”

The green scheme is being run in partnership with the shopping centre as part of an overall initiative to promote sustainable activities. The October trial will be hoping to raise awareness of the lack of recycling taking place with only 9% of the 8.3bn tonnes of plastic produced since the 1950s actually recycled.

“Here at CitiPark we believe that we all have a part to play in ensuring the preservation and betterment of our environment for future generations,” said Charlotte-Daisy Ziff, Head of Corporate Social Responsibilities.

“So this promotion not only offers our customers the chance of free/discounted parking, but they can also get rid of their waste plastic bottles and contribute to the protection of the environment at the same time: it’s a win-win all around. We hope that as many people as possible will get on board.”