Trashed is a graphic novel that follows the career of three garbage men as they picked up garbage off the streets of a particular village. The story follows their difficulties at a job that most people know little about. From scooping up maggots from weak bin bags, lifting heavy garbage cans full of car spare parts, lugging around rain-soaked dog poop on a rainy day, chased by a dog, and almost getting killed in a blizzard, Trashed showcases why being a garbage man ranks so high on the list of the most dangerous job in the world.

Trashed doesn’t just deal with the adventures of these unlucky men, it highlights the problems with the way the modern world deals with stuff we throw away. The book looks into the future and forecasts trouble as we continue to dump refuse underground and in the ocean while disaster festers underneath our feet. Trashed digs deep into the world of trash. There are times I feel as if I am watching a documentary as the book flashes back to centuries old human habits and ways we’ve mostly dealt with our garbage. Pointedly, the book concludes that that our habits have not really changed at all.

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Trashed tells us of the need to change our lifestyles at a personal level, imploring us to do better in changing our environment for the better. Trashed is a mighty fine book. I encourage you to pick it up if you have the opportunity. Just don’t read it while eating or drinking.

Trashed is written by Derf Backderf and published by Abrams ComicArts (November 3, 2015).
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Many thanks to Abrams ComicArts for review copy. All images are © to their respective owners.