Texas DOT switches to aluminum plates

Houston Business Journal

The Texas Department of Transportation will use recycled aluminum from beverage cans, siding and other used aluminum products to make the 8 million general-issue license plates manufactured each year.

The state began manufacturing specialty license plates from recycled aluminum in October 2004, but it continued to produce steel general-issue plates until the steel supply was exhausted. Other than being made of lighter-weight material, the aluminum plates will have the same look and embossed characters as the old ones.

Texas DOT will use approximately 2 million pounds of recycled aluminum in one year. Sources of reclaimed aluminum include gutters, storm window frames, lawn furniture and other materials.

Aluminum is the material of choice for license plates in the United States and is successfully used in 44 other states.

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