Citgo to launch recycling program in Sulphur

By By Frank DiCesare / American Press

Citgo officials will be at Stine in Sulphur on Friday morning to launch their Earth Keepers recycling program.

The event, set for 7-10 a.m., seeks to

raise awareness about recycling and environmental stewardship. Citgo

volunteers will

be on hand to take recyclables from residents. Acceptable items

include paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum cans. Visitors

are asked not to bring food waste, loose plastic bags, electronic

waste or glass.

“The environment is one of Citgo’s core

values,” said Dana Keel, Citgo’s government and public affairs manager.

“Our thought

was to move that forward outside of the refinery and into the

community. Our employees recycle. We bring our recyclables here.

We recycle in the office and out in the refinery as well.”

Earth Keepers is part of the company’s Fueling Good initiative.

Friday morning’s event is part of the

program’s community effort. Earth Keepers also has a K-12 program, which

has been implemented

in the Sulphur schools to teach students about recycling and the

environment.

“We know that to be able to educate our

public, we should start with our students who are in school,” Keel

said. “They are

the ones who will go home and tell their parents about how

recycling can help our community. As they grow up they will have

that instilled in them, and they will move forward and continue to

recycle as adults.”

The program grew out of Citgo’s annual E-Recycle program, which was held this year at Kinder High School in June. Keel said

the Earth Keepers program will work in the same manner as E-Recycle.

“In our E-Recycle program, most of the

folks who show up don’t even have to get out of their vehicle,” she

added. “We will

do the same thing here because with the recycling here in this

area, it’s commingled. At this point there is no need to separate

the paper from the plastic or the aluminum.”

Jeremy Stine, online sales manager for Stine, could not be reached for comment prior to deadline.

Citgo Earth Keepers Recycle Program is a partnership between the refinery, the city of Sulphur, Stine, Waste Management and

the Calcasieu Parish School Board.