Lake Charles, La. – March 16, 2024 – In a remarkable display of community commitment, hundreds of Southwest Louisiana residents recycled their unwanted electronics during the annual CITGO E-Recycle Day at the Lake Charles Event Center. Organized by the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery, this event was successful with support from partners including Hine Environmental Services, the Lake Charles Event Center, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office and City of Lake Charles Wastewater Division.

Residents seized the opportunity to responsibly dispose of their unwanted electronics, free of charge. Items collected included computers, printers, fax machines, TVs, sound equipment, landline and cell phones, tablets, gaming consoles and more. The event saw a steady stream of nearly 800 vehicles, with collections filling eight extra-large roll-off boxes—equivalent to 12 semitrailers. Notably, participants recycled 727 light bulbs and several items containing mercury.

“We have hosted this event for 16 years and collected more than 560 tons of electronic waste in an effort to promote environmental consciousness and responsible waste disposal,” said Sterling Neblett, CITGO Lake Charles vice president and general manager. “We are pleased this event continues to encourage our friends and neighbors to recycle their old electronics and prevent hazardous materials from ending up in landfills.”

CITGO E-Recycle Day alternates annually between the cities of Lake Charles and Sulphur, ensuring convenient access for residents in both regions. In addition to this annual recycling event, CITGO is also celebrating 10 years of its signature program Caring for Our Coast, which has provided funding to restore more than 250 acres of fragile coastline in Southwest Louisiana, nearly 80 of them in the Lake Charles area. More activities are planned for later in the year to continue the celebration, ignite community involvement and heighten environmental awareness.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry and operates under the well-known CITGO brand. CITGO owns and operates three refineries located in Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 42 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 807,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO ranks as the fifth-largest and is one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products, and supplies a network of approximately 4,000 locally owned and independently operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.