Sulphur, La – April 10, 2013 – CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex (LCMC) employees have recycled more than 5,200 pounds of recyclable material through the CITGO Employee Recycling Program, which began March 2012.

As part of the Greening of CITGO, a corporate initiative, the Recycling Program provides the opportunity for LCMC employees to engage in recycling materials from work and at home, through recycling bins located in the refinery. Items commonly collected for recycling include paper, plastic and aluminum items.

CITGO Vice President and General Manager LCMC, Tomeu Vadell said “CITGO employees take environmental stewardship seriously. The recycling program has been very successful and as employees continue to recycle, CITGO is growing “greener.” CITGO appreciates and thanks our employees who have made this program possible and continue to be leaders of environmental stewardship.”

In addition to the CITGO Employee Recycling Program, the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex hosts employee and community recycling events each year, including E-Recycle Day, an annual effort that collects disposable electronic waste from the community, such as computers, monitors and mobile phones – which contain valuable recoverable materials.

Throughout its corporate headquarters, refinery, and terminal operations, CITGO employees promote sustainable, green practices and awareness. Each year, the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex observes Earth Day with a series of events to raise awareness concerning sustainable green practices and environmental stewardship. Included in these events is the E.K. Key Elementary School Earth Day Poster contest, judged by CITGO employees.

Through the CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program, CITGO encourages the use of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs as an alternative for conserving energy. In 2012, the Energy Efficient Lighting program resulted in a savings of nearly $18 million in energy and electricity costs. In Louisiana, the program impacted the community with a reduction of energy usage by more than 20 million kilowatt hours and reduced Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the air by 30 million pounds; which is equivalent to removing 386 cars from Louisiana roads and highways.

Environmental stewardship is a core value of CITGO. We operate our businesses safely and as good stewards of the environment. We recognize that safety, the health of our employees and environmental stewardship are every employee's responsibility.



Dana Keel

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.


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