New York’s Department of Sanitation just launched its second “Trucks of Art” program

In New York, even trash can be artistic, and the New York City Department of Sanitation is here to prove it.

This year marks the second edition of the Department’s Trucks of Art program, which calls for artists from across the city to paint New York City’s garbage trucks. Anyone can apply regardless of artistic skill level, and the best submissions will be selected to embellish 400 square feet of “truck canvas” each.

In addition to making the Department’s trucks look pretty, the art initiative encourages New Yorkers to keep the city clean and limit litter. Artists selected to participate in the Trucks of Art program will use unwanted household paints to bring their works to life, and proposals honoring essential sanitation workers or motivating residents to use wastebaskets will have more chances of being selected.

Artists have until Sunday, September 18 at 11:59 p.m. to submit their proposal. You can visit this link to learn more about the program and how to apply.

If you’re not an artist, you can still do your part to support the initiative. Unwanted paints, including cans, aerosols and tubes, can be dropped off at special waste disposal sites and SAFE Elimination Events across the city, and artists will be able to choose from donated products to create their art. All unused or unselected paints will be recycled or properly disposed of.

Kayleen C. Rice