Hundreds of Southwest Louisiana residents recycled their unwanted electronic devices during the annual CITGO Electronic Recycling Day at the West-Cal Arena parking lot in Sulfur.
The CITGO Lake Charles refinery organized the event with the support of the City of Sulfur, el Parish of Calcasieu Police Jury, Waste Management, West-Cal Arena & Events Center and the City of Lake Charles Wastewater Division. This event offers residents the opportunity to recycle their unwanted electronic devices for free. Items collected include televisions, cell phones, computers, batteries, household items that contain mercury, and other consumer electronics. This year, 400 vehicles have traveled to the event, with a total of six extra-large collections, equivalent to three semi-trailers, 485 light bulbs and various mercury-containing items.
“Following last year’s events, we anticipated a large turnout due to the growing need to recycle old or damaged electronics in an efficient and safe way for the environment,” he said. Jerry Dunn, vice president and general manager of the CITGO Lake Charles manufacturing complex. “We are thrilled to be a reliable partner for our community and to continue to provide this first opportunity for e-waste recycling since the 2020 hurricanes.”
Since 2009, CITGO’s Electronic Recycling Day has kept more than 462 tonnes of e-waste out of landfills and is one of many initiatives sponsored by CITGO as part of its commitment to waste reduction.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located on Lake Charles, La .; Lemont, Ill .; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and has fully and / or jointly 38 active terminals, six pipes and three plants for mixing and packaging of lubricants. With approximately 3,300 employees and a combined gross capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels per day (bpd), CITGO ranks as the fifth largest and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and sells transport fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,400 locally owned and operated commercial establishments, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.