by Derf Backderf

Paperback, 2015




Abrams ComicArts, (2015)


Comic and Graphic Books. Fiction. HTML: Every week we pile our garbage on the curb and it disappearsā??like magic! The reality is anything but, of course. Trashed, Derf Backderf's follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-winning international bestseller My Friend Dahmer, is an ode to the crap job of all crap jobsā??garbage collector. Anyone who has ever been trapped in a soul-sucking gig will relate to this tale. Trashed follows the raucous escapades of three 20-something friends as they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, while battling annoying small-town bureaucrats, bizarre townfolk, sweltering summer heat, and frigid winter storms. Trashed is fiction, but is inspired by Derf's own experiences as a garbageĀ­man. Interspersed are nonfiction pages that detail what our garbage is and where it goes. The answers will stun you. Hop on the garbage truck named Betty and ride along with Derf on a journey into the vast, secret world of garbage. Trashed is a hilarious, stomach-churning tale that will leave you laughing and wincing in disbeli… (more)

Media reviews

Library Journal | September 2016 | Vol. 140 No. 15
"A dead cat. A headless deer. A dismembered car. A piano. A phone booth. People throw the darnedest things out, and together with the ever-present maggots and ā€œdiaper bombs,ā€ these artifacts wind up inside Betty, J.B.ā€™s garbage truck. ..."

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LibraryThing member rdwhitenack
An eye opening book on the state of our world and man's trashing of it. Not exactly a book that reaffirms one's belief in mankind. Also, does a good job of making the reflect on what they set on the curb and how they set it there for the garbagemen (that pick it up).
LibraryThing member questbird
Two sardonic trash collectors exchange wisecracks about their business and their town while doing their daily trash rounds. Horrific and gross trash facts abound. Over all is a pessimism that we can ever change our throwaway ways enough to make a difference to the mounting pile of global garbage.
LibraryThing member kivarson
Told through the eyes of a twenty-something on the bottom of the municipal job hierarchy, Trashed provides a fascinating look at where our garbage goes and what is involved in getting it there. While this is a work of fiction, it is informed by Derf Backderf's experiences as a garbage man.
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Interspersed with the fictional narrative are short vignettes on the history of waste management, the development of the modern garbage truck and eye opening statistics on the resources involved in ridding ourselves of unwanted items. And it isn't just the garbage that is stinky. Backderf's take on the futility of fighting the nepotism and petty corruption of local government is spot-on.
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LibraryThing member deborahk
Learned so much from this garbage filled tale. Highly recommend.
LibraryThing member Eoin
A well-made and entertaining look at garbage. Backerf balances a fictionalized version of autobio with sparse, pointed statistics about waste management for a well-rounded story. A nice introduction to the topic, I wish it went further.
LibraryThing member LVStrongPuff
I was really impressed by this book. There is a great amount of facts that are in this book about garbage as well as a nice little story. I wish we could have found out what happened to one of the characters, but all and all a great book.


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