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What to Do With Vehicle License Plates

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Most vehicle license plates must be surrendered to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) leaving NYCWasteLess.

Plates that are replaced by custom plates, personalized plates, or new Empire Gold plates may be recycled with other metal, glass, plastics & cartons collected by Sanitation. To protect against fraud, the DMV leaving NYCWasteLess instructs the public to deface plates with a permanent marker and recycle them on different recycling collection days.

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