LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is staying eco-friendly while upgrading its residence halls.

In preparation for the new school year the residence life staff spent a week sending nearly 700 tons of old bed frames to recycling. Some of the frames dated all the way back to the 1960's.

The goal was to make room for new bed loft systems to be installed in each of the residence halls for students this fall. The new lofts will not only save students strain on their back but will save them some extra spending money as well.

“They're old, getting a little squeaky. We loft the beds, the students loft their beds. We have a loft rental program and we really wanted the opportunity for them not to rent the lofts anymore. We wanted to purchase the lofts right up front which will save the students a little money every year,” said University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Assistant Director of Residence Life Doug Kuenn.

The new lofts were delivered to campus Monday. Staff will be putting them in dorm rooms throughout the week.