What to Do with an Old or Expired Credit Card 

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Before you do anything else, make sure to cut up the card to prevent any unauthorized use.

Cut up the card

Some issuers offer a mail-in option for old or expired credit cards. Contact your issuer to see if they have any specific instructions for disposing of the card.

Contact your credit card issuer

If you have rewards or points on your old card, make sure to redeem them before getting rid of the card.

Check for rewards or points

Most credit cards are made of plastic, which can be recycled. Check with your local recycling program to see if they accept credit cards.

Recycle the card

If you're feeling creative, you can repurpose your old credit card for DIY projects. You can use it as a scraper, a paint stirrer, or even a guitar pick.

Use it for DIY projects

Some organizations accept old credit cards for crafting purposes. Check with your local schools or art programs to see if they could use them.

Donate it

If you don't have a shredder at home, many office supply stores offer shredding services for a small fee.

Shred it

Make sure to dispose of your old credit card properly to protect your personal information. Don't just toss it in the trash.

Dispose of it properly

The person is now holding a small pile of shredded credit card pieces and smiling. "By following these simple steps, you can properly dispose of your old or expired credit card."

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