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License to Recycle

By Amy Mikel in News on Apr 24, 2008 5:12PM

license%20plate%20purse.jpgOn Tuesday, Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a program that allows Illinois motorists to recycle old or obsolete license plates. For a few weeks now, license plate recycling bins have been available outside each of the 136 Secretary of State vehicle facilities, but the recycling program was officially announced on Tuesday, in order to coincide with Earth Day.

The old license plates will be shredded and sent to a scrap metal vendor, but will not be used to construct new license plates. Since 2004 Illinois license plates have been fashioned from 99% recycled aluminum.

For a history lesson on Illinois license plates, visit this site, which is very pretty but looks as though it hasn’t been updated since 2001.

Image of license plate purse via LittleEarth (who is having an Earth Day sale!)