Sulphur, La. – Nov. 26, 2013 –CITGO Petroleum Corporation and its community partners launched the CITGO Earth Keepers recycling program on Nov. 15 in conjunction with America Recycles Day. In celebration of the launch, residents were invited to drop-off recyclable paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard items in new recycling bins at Stine in Sulphur from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Stine will keep these bins in place so that community members will have a permanent place to take their recyclables.

CITGO Earth Keepers was created by CITGO, partnering with the City of Sulphur, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Waste Management and Stine to promote recycling throughout the Sulphur community, including the schools. The program includes the new recycling bins at Stine as well as a school-based recycling program in all Sulphur schools. The pilot CITGO Earth Keepers program stresses the importance of caring for the environment and maximizes recycling efforts already underway sponsored by the City of Sulphur at three schools, Frasch Elementary , E.K. Key Elementary and LeBlanc Middle. CITGO Earth Keepers will provide Sulphur schools with classroom recycling containers, a recycling collection service, video kiosks to promote recycling, an environmental support kick-off event and recycling collection achievement recognition throughout the year. CITGO expects to expand the program into other area communities in the future.

Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan said the City of Sulphur is pleased to be a part of this going green initiative.

“The City of Sulphur is proud to join with CITGO and Stine to promote recycling in Sulphur schools and the community. The launch of the CITGO Earth Keepers program will allow us to expand our pilot program to include all schools in our city and Carlyss, as well as a location for the community to utilize recycling bins at Stine. We encourage everyone to join with us in our effort to promote recycling in our community.”

Representatives from the CITGO Earth Keepers schools and community partners met recently at CITGO Park to discuss the benefits the program will bring to the Sulphur schools and the positive engagement Frasch Elementary, E.K. Key Elementary and LeBlanc Middle have already experienced through students’ recycling efforts already implemented in these schools. Through CITGO Earth Keepers, students, faculty and staff will be able to recycle paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard during school hours and in the cafeteria, while learning valuable information about recycling.

CITGO Vice President and General Manager Tomeu Vadell said CITGO is looking forward to this exciting program in the Sulphur community.

“CITGO is pleased to offer this pilot program to Sulphur and especially its schools,” said Vadell. “We take great pride in caring for our environment and realize the importance of educating future generations to do the same.”

CITGO Earth Keepers is a testimony to the CITGO core value of being environmental stewards in the communities in which we serve. CITGO Earth Keepers connects different community partners and engages people in Going Green efforts.

 

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.

 

Please notice photo attached: Waste Management representative Beverly Gilchrist, Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan, Stine Co-Owner Dennis Stine, CITGO VP&GM Tomeu Vadell and CITGO G&PA Manager Dana Keel at Stine in Sulphur.

 

 

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CONTACT:

Dana Keel

Government & Public Affairs Manager

(o)337-708-8039

(c)337-515-5847

dankeel@citgo.com