How to Dispose of Old Number Plates
By: Andreea Putinelu
Last updated: 04 June 2019
While it’s very easy to get a new number plate, how to get rid of one might be a question people might ask themselves at some point if you are looking to raise some cash or your private plate has lost its appeal. Luckily, there are a couple of options for you whether you want to get creative or not, here are the ways you can dispose of your old number plate.
Sell your old number plate
One of the easiest ways to dispose of your old number plate would be to sell it. You can sell your number plate on websites that provide and sell number plates such as ours. You can also easily check the value of your number plate so you know what price to sell it for. We will post your advertisement on our website which will be seen by hundreds of potential buyers daily, helping you get rid of your old number plate in no time.
Recycle your old number plate
Another way of getting rid of your old number plate is be recycling it. Before you recycle it, you should probably make sure the plate is not valuable as selling it might be a better option in that case. If you’ve checked the value of your number plate and it’s not worth much, recycling it will be a faster way of disposing of it. You can do so by taking it to your local recycling centre. If you are disposing of it via other methods, you need to make sure the number plate is damaged enough so scammers won’t be able to use it and get a hold of your identity.
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How to destroy old number plates
If you are not giving the number plate to an authorised recycling place, and you choose to dispose of them by throwing them into the bin, you need to make sure they are unusable and unrecognisable. This is how you can destroy your old number plates:
Destroy the stickers
It’s important to remove the information on the stickers, so other people can’t steal them. It’s very hard to peel off the stickers, but you can destroy them by scratching away with a knife or screwdriver, so you can avoid them being usable by scammers.
Change the shape
Nowadays, number plates are made from lightweight aluminium which is easily bendable. Use that to your advantage and bend the plate enough that it can’t be used again. If you want to take it a step further, you can use utensils such as tin snips to cut the plate into small pieces.
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Number plate wall art
If you are the creative type, there are other ways in which you can dispose of your old number plates. One way is by using the old number plates as wall art. If you are emotionally attached to the plate you can keep it whole, if not you can cut letters or number out of it and make a word of your choice.
Number plate bowls
If you have more time on your hands, another thing you can do with your number plates is to make then into different objects that can be used around the house, such as bowls or shelves. That would require some time, utensils, and creativity, but you can definitely get something nice and unique from it.
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