Mr. Trash Wheel today celebrated the second year of a partnership between Baltimore-based olive oil company Pompeian and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore by eating a giant olive made out of recycled materials.
Pompeian – America’s largest national brand of olive oil – announced that the company will “re-adopt” Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel for a second year, committing to funding the collection and removal of trash and debris from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
“Pompeian has been integrated into the history of this city for over 115 years, so we love any opportunity to give back to the neighborhoods and people that have gotten us to where we are today,” said Mouna Aissaoui, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Pompeian, in a news release.
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“The harbor in particular is a lifeline for our business and critical to our daily transportation of high-quality olive oil,” she said, “When thinking of how to pay homage to a city that has given us so much, partnering again with The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore was a no-brainer.”
Last year’s adoption funded dozens of community cleanup projects and the removal of over 220 tons of trash from the harbor.
This year’s partnership will expand the Community Cleanup and Beautification grants program, with Pompeian increasing its commitment to $30,000.
The grants program awards funds for projects that will clean and beautify public spaces, such as community gardens, tree plantings, recycling bin giveaways, and community cleanups.
Applications are now open for community beautification grants.