Lake Charles, La—March 24, 2012—CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex partnered with Waste Management, The City of Lake Charles, Keep Calcasieu Beautiful, McNeese State University and Team Green, to host E-Recycle Day, Saturday, March 24, at the McNeese Cowboy Stadium parking lot. The event allowed community members the opportunity to recycle their unwanted electronics or “E-waste.”
Each year, thousands of computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones and other electronic devices are discarded. CITGO Environmental Protection Manager Phyllis Holifield said this E-waste should not be disposed of with regular garbage. She said many E-waste items contain valuable materials that can be recycled. She also said that some materials in E-Waste can be hazardous if not disposed of properly.
“Residents are really responding to our effort to keep Southwest Louisiana clean and free of potentially hazardous materials. We’re glad to participate in assisting Southwest Louisiana in keeping our region clean and litter free.” Holifield said.
More than 500 vehicles lined up to drop-off E-waste at the McNeese Cowboy Stadium parking lot. Ten full roll-off boxes of E-waste, two 18 wheeler of TVs, 268 light bulbs, 15 lbs of mercury and 75 lbs of batteries were collected as well as various other items.
CITGO Vice President Refining Eduardo Assef said CITGO looks forward to E-Recycle day every year.
“E-Recycle Day is a great opportunity for our community to collectively make the statement that we are going to do what it takes to safeguard our environment. At CITGO, we take this responsibility seriously and we look forward to partnering with Southwest Louisiana to recycle, together.”
This year is the fourth year that E-Recycle Day has been hosted by CITGO. Last year the event took place in Sulphur for the first time and future plans are to rotate the event between Lake Charles and Sulphur.
Volunteer organizations represented today included E-Recycle Day partners and AmeriCorps, McNeese School of Nursing, LaGrange High School JROTC, St. Margaret’s Science Club and Junior Team Green.
E-Recycle Day is one of many initiatives sponsored by CITGO as part of its commitment to the construction of a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations. In alignment with the principle of solidarity endorsed by its shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, CITGO harmoniously blends business with the importance of social responsibility and offers its support to local communities, using its strength and valuable resources to help improve the lives of others.
Government & Public Affairs Manager
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
For more information visit www.citgo.com.