Two pick-up trucks loaded with large bags of Styrofoam from Stockton's Kohl Open Elementary School were unloaded by Lodi Unified School District's Westwood Elementary School students to create a mountain of foam nearly 10 feet high Friday morning.
The Recycling Club gathered foam to help the environment and educate the public.
As students waited to present their message, Michael Westerfield, corporate director of recycling programs for Dart Container Corporation, showed what their efforts will create — not only less waste in the landfills, but the material can be made into picture frames or Timbron lumber.
The school has reduced its waste by 20 percent. In the past two years, the school reduced their refuse pick-up from five days a week to three. Ninety percent of the school lunch trays are recycled, according to Recycling Club adviser Laura Rodriguez, who takes the recycling, and collects the money to pay for playground equipment.
Kohl has raised $400 in recycling and donated it to St. Mary's Dining Hall. They have also reduced their refuse by 50 percent this past year.
Patrick Hambright, head of recycling at Kohl, says the savings are great and beneficial.
"First, you save money. Second you save Mother Earth from being dumped on. It's just a matter of getting your reciprocals up and going," he said.
Westwood students are already recycling plastic bottles and cardboard. Cans are next on their list.
Dart loaded up a truck with the help of students, and hauled the recyclable material away.