Recycling Trucks Wrapped with New Art to Hit the Streets This Week

By Editorial Team on July 31, 2018

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will wrap 15 more DPW recycling trucks with original works from local artists as part of its “Designed to Recycle” project.

The Bowser Administration is, once again, wrapping District recycling trucks with original art by local artists. The “Designed to Recycle” initiative, which launched in 2015 with 10 trucks, promotes recycling, invigorates District streets and supports local artists. It also encourages residents of all ages to increase their efforts to reduce landfill waste and pollution. The first two newly wrapped trucks will be in service the week of July 23. Each week through September 6, two more newly wrapped trucks will be on the streets in all eight wards providing collection service.

“Designed to Recycle” is part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s mission to expand the creative economy in the District and provide more opportunities for local artists to support themselves. Local artists were invited to submit proposals for the project during spring of 2018. The selected artwork will be printed on vinyl and wrapped on each of the recycling trucks.

“Through the Design to Recycle project, we are able to support and showcase the talent of our local artists, further enhance the visibility of the city’s recycling efforts, and add to the creative landscape of the District in all eight wards,” said Angie Gates, Interim Director for the Commission on the Arts and Humanities who provides funding for the project.

DPW and CAH also partner on the city’s MuralsDC project, which replaces graffiti-tagged walls on buildings with original works of art. New murals are planned for several wards, with installations beginning August.

“Art has been a powerful tool in engaging residents with our agency’s work,” said DPW Director Chris Shorter. “The wrapped trucks forge a connection between our sanitation teams and the neighborhoods we serve, and our drivers are excited to drive them. We hope these moving pieces of art inspire citizens to remember the vital role they play in the city’s sustainability efforts.”

The 15 artists and their designs are:

  • Waste Not, Nicole Hamam
  • Recycle Now, Michael Marshall Design
  • Urban Jungle, Jackie Coleman
  • Nurturing Nature, Kofi Tyus
  • Untitled, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann
  • Untitled, Dean Kessman
  • Recycled Fish, Carly Rounds
  • Evolution with an “R,” Gordon Steve Spencer Davis II
  • Mapping, Santiago Flores-Charneco
  • Inform, Reduce, Recycle, Minsoo Kang & Andre Sanchez-Montoya
  • Untitled, Anne Masters
  • Pop District, Sarah, James & Parvina Gilliam
  • Recycled Flowers, Jon Gann
  • Nuestra Tierra I recycle DC, Nicolas F. Shi
  • Fair Card Value, Michael Crossett

In addition to the 15 newly wrapped trucks, CAH also provided funding to rewrap five of the trucks completed in 2015 whose wraps needed a refresh. For more information on “Designed to Recycle,” please visit on CAH’s website.

(via DC Department of Public Works. Photo Credit: Nicole Hamam “Waste Not” by Nancee Lyons.)