The City of Edmonton is plastering some of its garbage trucks with the work of local artists.

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The first of six trucks to be wrapped is on duty.

Six of the trucks will be covered in vinyl wraps designed by artists as part of the city's Percent for Art program, which sets aside one per cent of the city's capital construction budget for public art.

"Rather than just put them on the building, we thought why not put them on the trucks and get the benefit of the art moving around the city," said John Mahon, executive director of the Edmonton Arts Council.

The first of the six trucks was finished earlier this week and is now on the streets.