Junk vehicles, aluminum cans and scrap iron.

Making the most out of your unwanted metals is a daily business for Erath Iron & Metal.

On Monday, the recycling yard, located 1.5 miles south of Stephenville on US Highway 377, will join in Keep America Beautiful's nationwide effort to inform and educate Americans on the importance of recycling 365 days a year - America Recycles Day.

Ashley Latham Gill, HSE (health, safety and environmental) administrator at Erath Iron & Metal, said the plant is encouraging the county to take part in the effort. She said the facility accepts metal of all types, including aluminum, copper, stainless steel, tin, scrap iron, brass and car batteries. Large metal items, including junk vehicles and appliances are also accepted.

As an incentive, Gill said Erath Iron & Metal will give away gifts and goodies to customers throughout the day Monday, beginning at 7 a.m.

According to www.americarecyclesday.org, Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day, has spurred millions of Americans to pledge to increase their recycling habits at home and work over the event's 13-year history. Event organizers will proudly declare “I Recycle. Do you?” at events throughout November, designed to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to recycle more.

In another effort, Gill said Erath Iron & Metal will announce winners of an annual contest that encourages local schools, clubs and organizations to cash in on recyclables. This year, two Dublin schools are facing off to see who can raise the most money, and the winner will be announced Monday.

According to Keep America Beautiful, individuals across the country are uniting in the practice of recycling, a fact that was proven during America Recycles Day 2009 when 750 registered organizations conducted 2,375 events that involved 7,700 participating groups.

But Gill said the one-day event is about year-round recycling. Gill encourages area residents unable to attend Monday's event to do their part to keep Erath County beautiful by taking their unwanted metals and car batteries to the facility during regular business hours from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday. The recycling yard is also opens every Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call 968-6401.