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What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« on: May 26, 2011, 02:59:36 PM »
These license plates aren't vintage; they're from when we moved to another state seven years ago.  I don't want to just toss them, in case someone finds them and uses them to disguise a car for criminal purposes (I'm paranoid, I know.)  Any ideas?

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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 03:15:25 PM »
I would just fold them up and toss them. It's highly unlikely that someone would use 7 year old license plates as those would be highly suspect. They'll just steal current ones! :P



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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 03:16:08 PM »
Right.  They bend up and break easily.  Or, you might find a metal recycler.



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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011, 03:33:46 PM »
No kids? My brother used to decorate his room with every old licence plate our family ever had (he still had the 4 character one from our bug from the 60's -ZB37). It was a sad day when we moved to a state where the licence plate stayed with the car :(

I know that people use these for crafts (make purses or lunchboxes out of them). If you google 'licence plate purse' you'll get a ton of results. Maybe you could sell or donate it to a crafter?

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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2011, 03:34:52 PM »
Turn them in to the DMV for disposal?  Or maybe call and ask?  They must have some sort of procedure.
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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 03:36:13 PM »
When I moved from Texas to NYC, I gave my old plates to a cousin who collects.

You could look online for a collector or ask the DMV, as Outdoor Girl suggests.
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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2011, 03:37:52 PM »
I meant to add, people are way more likely to steal a current reg sticker than the actual plate. A plate with an expired reg is an automatic pull-over, something people Up To No Good would be anxious to avoid.

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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2011, 03:39:52 PM »
Call your DMV.  MO accepts them for recycling - other states might have something similar.

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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 06:19:46 PM »
This reminds me of my old mechanic who used to collect old vanity plates. Every inch of his office was lined with these plates. it was pretty cool.

I would probably try to make a project out of it. I think they would make a cool picture frame or you could drill hooks into it and hang it in the garage for keys, or tools, or wet coats.


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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 06:33:00 PM »
Oh heavens - if you look on ebay you can find a gazillion for sale

I wouldn't worry about it myself.

Besides wouldn't they be the "wrong colors" anyway?

Dad collected them - I have a wall of Ohio plates that date from 1910 (missing 08 and 09 for a "full" set)

build a birdhouse and fold one and use it for the roof?
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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 07:45:31 PM »
Oh heavens - if you look on ebay you can find a gazillion for sale

I wouldn't worry about it myself.

Besides wouldn't they be the "wrong colors" anyway?

Dad collected them - I have a wall of Ohio plates that date from 1910 (missing 08 and 09 for a "full" set)

build a birdhouse and fold one and use it for the roof?

I am pretty sure I have you covered.  DS's oldest plate is from Ohio is 1939.

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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 09:17:45 PM »
You could post an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone wants them.  A lot of people like to collect them.  My dad has all of our old plates nailed to the side of his garage. 
Oooh, wouldn't it be neat to have one from each state?  That sounds like a really great collection idea for a kid.

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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2011, 09:18:50 PM »
I'm sending a couple of old ones to a collector in Australia!



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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2011, 10:02:09 PM »
Send them to my dad. He's a collector. :)

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Re: What's a good way to dispose of old license plates?
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2011, 11:01:40 PM »
Bend them back and forth until they break in half - they break easily.  Or cut them in half with tin snips.  Throw one half in the recycle bin.  Wait a week or two and thow the other half in the recycle bin. 

I have a pair in my garage, too.  But mine are only 6 months out dated.  I'm definately going to destroy them before I recycle them.