Under a new state law, Missouri drivers are required to trade in their license plates for a new model once their vehicle is up for registration. In conjunction, a new Habitat for Humanity (H2H) program is recycling the old aluminum plates to raise money for low-income housing.
The program, dubbed License 2 Build, has collected 1,000 plates in the Jefferson City area since April, according to the Jefferson City News Tribune.
The local River City H2H chapter is hoping to raise $65,000 by the end of 2009, which will go toward building supplies for new homes.
H2H has an international program known as Cans for Habitat, which collects aluminum for recycling - typically the most valuable material to re-sell. The News Tribune reports that a Missouri license plate has the same amount of aluminum as 7.7 cans.
Jefferson City residents can participate by bringing in their old plate to a local car dealership once the new plate arrives via mail. These dealerships will also accept out-of-state plates, for new residents that re-register their vehicles.
These service departments will also install the new plates, which will be implemented primarily for security reasons to present registration sticker theft.