Stick It Up Your Chuffer!

The Edmund Trebus Memorial Site

Edmund Trebus died on 29th September 2002 in London. He was born in 11th November 1918 and was married with five children.

He reached the public consciousness in the BBC documentary A Life Of Grime which showed his heroic determination to hoard what most people call rubbish in his house and garden.

I did not know Mr Trebus and have no connection with his family whatsoever, but when I posted a note of his death on my site I was stunned not only by the numbers of visitors and comments I received but also by the dearth of information about him on the internet. So I decided to start this page.

Please make use of the comments facility below to leave any memories, thoughts or links relating to Edmund Trebus. If you have photos, and cannot put them online yourself, please in jpeg format.

[Update]: Comments are closed cos I can't be arsed to monitor them. Think it's run it's course now anyway.


Nice old boy, at least he is in peace now.

Posted by: Daniel O'Mahony on October 22, 2002 11:34 PM

A poor man, whos heart contained more gold than ever could have been wished for. He may have been dirty, but he showed strenght for those who had non. That he was a true warror surving the toughest challenges and the highest obstacles. For that, i salute him.

Posted by: jas on October 22, 2002 11:36 PM

That grand old man was known to this family and my wife's aunt knew him for more than 30 years, she being of Polish descent, they had a lot in common. After his death his wife and family re appeared and banned all those that had loved and looked after him from paying their last respects or even attending his funeral, we are all very disappointed.

Posted by: Steve Woodman on October 22, 2002 11:37 PM

A very special man who made me laugh. I will miss him greatly. He was never the same after his Dog Jack passed on. I can see Eddie now sitting on the Church Yard steps puffing away, I hope he can now be left to rest in peace but keep his memory shining on!

Posted by: Sheila on October 30, 2002 08:23 PM

Mr Trebus is my favourite old man, and has given me so much pleasure over the last few years! We will all miss u Eddie! sob x

Posted by: chloe b on November 8, 2002 11:10 AM

i was moved watching the documentary on Mr. Trebus. A true fighter to the bitter end. Watch this space. When I reach my old age you can expect me to be an equally cantankarous old man. I have an awful lot to live up to. Edmund, may you have your own special, undisturbed, tunnelled, corner of heaven...and maybe one day you will find you TV as well.

Posted by: James Frankcom on November 14, 2002 01:56 PM

How I cried when I heard of this mans death . I watched Life of Grime avidly just to watch in admiration as this proud gent cocked a snook at authority . I watched the tribute programme and was so sad that he had eventually had to give up his home . He will be sadly missed and I only hope that there will be a Mr Trebus Video soon .

Posted by: Paula on December 5, 2002 11:05 AM

I'm sure we saw Mike Cording on the Sea Cat back from Calais on 15 Dec. Very bizarre we spoke to a Polish guy, looking like a younger Mr.Trebus, who lived in Haringey... he started slating that council and the Cording geezer certainly seemed to be paying attention.

Hope you get some more pictures :)

Posted by: Kuthula on December 19, 2002 09:21 AM

Thank the Lord for real maverick individuals like Mr. Trebus who will stand against petty authority! There are more of us still around, but we unfortunately have decided to play the game and be 'obedient'.
Whilst my clean and sterilised middle-class side would hate to live next door to the rubbish Mr. Trebus accumulated, my rough working class side cries out for a bit of him to be exhibited in me, against this pathetic nanny state of a government (and local governments) who set petty (needless) rules 'which must be obeyed'.
God bless all who dare to be individuals, like Mr. Trebus, even if someone labels us as having a 'phobia' because we are too unusual to fit the society in which we find ourselves.

Posted by: David Guyett on December 28, 2002 07:01 PM

My mate phil has wrote a song in honour of the great man . Its a remake of my generation by the who

People try to do me in
just because i like the bins

not trying to cause a big sensation
spreading grime across the nation.

Posted by: peter leighton on January 19, 2003 03:25 PM

Eddie Trebus made nobody suffer
Harringay council can stick it up their chuffer

Posted by: Loon on January 20, 2003 11:56 PM

Mr Trebus was such a warm hearted positivly upbeat old man and will be sadly missed in my eyes.
RIP Eddie

Posted by: Roby on January 30, 2003 11:45 PM

Mr Trebus was a symbol of the human ability to stand one's ground, and never back down.

RIP Eddie.

Posted by: John on February 2, 2003 02:30 PM

I remember looking for a web site prior to the unfortunate death of mr Trebus. However i was supprised that no body had done one now I nearly done one myself. I am glad you done a tribute to the greate Mr Edmond Trebus.
I am a an avid collector of junk allthough i have had to get rid of some lately, but i still love to go through bins, in fact it is a hobby of myne. However nobody could possibly compete with the legendary Mr trebus, we all must pay tribute to the grand master.
I think it would be a greate idea if we all got together to hold a grand Trebus tribut party, whre we could all bring along junk and brokes biscuits etc. If anybody is intrested e-mail.

Posted by: stephen on February 7, 2003 09:05 PM

i look exactly like edmund and i am chuffed you have made a memorial site for my old pal mr trebus!!! my friends think i look like him because i like to collect trash in my bag!

Posted by: m bird on February 26, 2003 01:07 PM

My house looks exactly like trebuses dump and i love him! i cried wen he died! I LOVE TREBUS!!!

Posted by: matthew (trebus) bird on February 28, 2003 02:29 PM

Treebus, i salute you, i have a shrine of u and i have even made u god of my religion Trebusanity, we collect rubbish and dead rats etc. its not jus wot u did but your name too is so great, i... i... i... im jus totally speechless, there no describing your greatness. thankyou

Posted by: jimmy on March 4, 2003 05:59 PM

i like rubbish i like rubbish raaaahhhhhhh i like rubbish

Posted by: trebus on March 4, 2003 06:02 PM

a great man who stood up for what he believed only to end up in an old folks home a shadow of his former self,driven there by the local council.i wonder if they left him alone would he still be alive today???

Posted by: jon colohan on March 4, 2003 08:02 PM

trebus rules

Posted by: on March 11, 2003 08:15 PM

God Bless St.Trebus RIP at last...

Posted by: ralph on March 12, 2003 09:32 AM

Great to see Mr Trebus defending himself on A Life Of Grime last night - if only he was still around. You're missed, Mr Trebus!

Posted by: anna-clare on March 12, 2003 04:03 PM

I speak for us all when I say that we are truly one less. There are little enuff kind souls in this world and with the loss of Mr Trebis we are at a great loss. He will be truly missed.

God bless him and his work, it may not have been for all but for him it was a passion if we all cared that much about something then we would all have just cause as we spin through space on this cold rock.

We miss you Mr Trebis. God bless your soul and may you rest in piece.

Posted by: david on March 12, 2003 08:55 PM

as an artist who works with found objects/rubbish/detritus I too have bcome fascinated with his lifestyle and his obvious passion and sadness for all the rubbish we leave behind I think at one point he said that 'it made him want to cry to see all the left objects'. I empathised with this remark, it makes me feel very said to see how much we waste. As I go around and certain objects speak to me, as a reflection of my own body, I find that I have a dialogue that is quite poetic with the objects. I felt that Mr. Trebus had this dialogue too and I wonder if anyone else out there identifies with me, him - I would love to hear if you do. I am present studying for my MA in Fine Art in London and would like my research to be about this identification with the objects and the earth around us, so please drop me your feelings, and poetry if you have any? annestan

Posted by: annestan on March 13, 2003 09:47 AM

I agree with all the previous messages - he was a lovely old man, harmless and had lost the plot (a little).
It was a shame to see a man who had achieved so much in his life reduced to this.
I wonder what became of his family as no mention was made as to whom (and where) is children are.

My heart went out to him when I saw the documentary on TV - there were no clear winners in the battle against the local council (who I also had sympathy with).

Lets not forget him too soon.....

Posted by: F1LBY on March 14, 2003 04:48 PM

i watched his special show thing and i thought it summed him up really well. What a tragic loss this has been to us all!!!

Posted by: peewee on March 16, 2003 06:51 PM

The greatest man who ever lived and R.I.P

Posted by: Michael on March 23, 2003 06:21 PM

The man with a strong heart and great mind. Curse you councillors

Posted by: James on March 23, 2003 06:24 PM

to the hell with you
Get off my property
I have rights

Posted by: Mr Trebus on March 23, 2003 06:24 PM

I salute this great man he is the greatest collector who ever lived if only more people were like him the world would be a beter place as mr trebus would say to the hell with you council.


Posted by: Edmund Trebus on March 24, 2003 08:10 PM

mr trebus we have suspision that you have rats

Posted by: councillors on March 24, 2003 08:12 PM

rats i have no rats

Posted by: Edmund Trebus on March 24, 2003 08:15 PM

we always piled up trash for him. we always appreciated his determination.we hope he goes to the hell!

Posted by: neighbours on March 24, 2003 08:16 PM

I am a great fan of Mr.Trebus and wish he was still with us today, in his memory I think Harigate should have a statue of him clutching a box of old broken biscuits and a walking stick.
R.I.P Mr.Trebus

Posted by: Luke Bell on March 25, 2003 12:44 PM

Mr.Trebus is really cool,
He definately aint no fool,
He collects people's trash,
Coz he likes it more than cash,
His name is Ed,
Unfortunately he is dead.

Posted by: Luke Bell on March 25, 2003 12:52 PM

You stood for your beliefs in the frailty of your old age.As a young man i look up to your spirit and heart.God bless.

Posted by: chris black on March 25, 2003 09:18 PM

That old man was ace! Never find a better man anywhere and the council should have just left him to do waht he wanted to do. Rest in Peace Edmund!

Posted by: Jimmy on March 25, 2003 09:37 PM

sweet old guy ...R.I.P.

Posted by: Shabba n Asti on March 25, 2003 09:37 PM

I am Mr Trebus's biggest fan, and so I've decided to base myself on him. As I work in an IT department I get all the old toner catridges and bits of computers etc, and have a huge collection of bits and pieces I've collected over the years.

People have started to call me Mr Trebus and all my stuff as the Trebus collection.

Thanks Edmund you were a great role model to us all.

Posted by: Mark R on March 26, 2003 01:04 PM

He gave us a home, good meal and always said he had no rats to defend us from the council now he is dead and so r we in conclusion he is the best man who ever lived

Posted by: The rats on March 29, 2003 09:43 PM

thank god I do not have to clear up after him anymore.....

Posted by: councillor edwards on March 29, 2003 09:45 PM

what a star

Posted by: susan smith on April 1, 2003 08:25 PM

what a star

Posted by: susan smith on April 1, 2003 08:25 PM

If I live to be that old I pray that my beliefs won't be stomped all over by the establishment. Good on you you poor old fella, RIP.

Posted by: Peter on April 1, 2003 08:48 PM

Rest in peace Mr Trebus. I hope your family are proud of you. I think you have enriched lives in an age of shallow values. You lived through difficult times and I am sure this shaped your future.

Posted by: A respectful viewer on April 1, 2003 08:52 PM

I was saddened to hear of the death of Mr.Trebus.His battle with petty officials struck a chord with a lot of people,a latter day David vs Goliath.So much for Haringay council being a "caring" council,as i find the term a contradiction.But I do have a couple of questions.1,where were Eddies family in all of this,and why weren't they informed?2,why were social services not involved in this case?3what has become of Eddies estate?,and who benefitted from it?I bet the council got there pound of flesh

Posted by: douglas on April 2, 2003 12:14 AM

I was saddened by the death of mr trebus, the programme really hit home when his death was announced. A real charactor, RIP chief!

Posted by: dave#1 on April 2, 2003 10:34 AM

T, rash collecting was his life,
R, olling on without a wife,
E, arthly possesions he had loads,
B, ack garden was infested with toads,
U, nderstanding him can be hard,
S, hit all over his back yard.

Mr Trebus is the best.

Posted by: martin whalley on April 2, 2003 12:45 PM

I am glad so many people have such wonderful things to say about this Polish gentleman. Maybe we should all stop and wonder at what could have happened in his life to make him so possessive of all the things that most people regard as rubbish. I think he must have been a very brave man in his lifetime, a true survivor of World War II.
R.I.P. Mr Trebus

Posted by: Dianne Custance on April 2, 2003 08:56 PM

I was appalled by the way the authorities treated the Polish war veteran. Why couldnt he just be allowed to carry on and keep things? All i can say is RIP captain

Posted by: Lenny on April 3, 2003 08:10 AM

Mr Trebus is a dude,
Why do the council have to be so rude?
He always talks about his rights,
Because he has got lots of might
So what if he had rats and rubbish in his home
I might have to but i will not moan,
He was a kind hearted scruffy man
I am too as i have heaps of rubbish including a old rusty fan

You are a legend Mr Trebus who i admire for his fighting spirit. You are my idol.

Posted by: Jammy on April 3, 2003 06:07 PM

Mr Trebus is the best man i have ever met and I would like to have intamet relations with him.

Posted by: claire isabelle end on April 7, 2003 10:41 AM

i am thinking about changing my name to edmund because he is my idol and i wish to break his record on rubbish collecting.
Trebus for prime minister.

Posted by: ben souter on April 8, 2003 10:31 AM

We loved Mr Trebus, especially when he steals spoons and plants. Forever in our hearts and in our bins. He was like a real life catweasel. xxxx

PS - did anyone see Bev Waters on Traffic Cops. She was great and definitely 'one to watch.'

Posted by: eddie fans on April 8, 2003 03:51 PM

Good on you Eddie - top bloke !

One in the eye for the spineless busy bodies who couldn't leave him alone....

Posted by: martin on April 8, 2003 09:04 PM

Hello i'm mr trebus yes thats right i'm back from the dead and yes i do have a computer and heaven is so sweat oh no here comes the environmental health officer OY GO AWAY GO TO HELL (bang sound of me wacking him with my walking sticks) heaven is a trash dump as i've horded more I smoke weed everyday and I jiggy to the sound of junior senior YYYYYEEEAAAHHH

Posted by: mr trebus on April 9, 2003 01:31 PM

have u kidnapped my husband I havent seen him in months

Posted by: mrs trebus on April 10, 2003 12:58 PM

H.E.L.L.O, yes this is mr trebus and yes i have been havin it large and useing my walking sticks as drum sticks and listening to drum and base.

Posted by: willy boy on April 10, 2003 12:59 PM

where has edmund gone i am his love child

Posted by: little son trebus on April 10, 2003 01:00 PM

i have been havin it large with young fresh women. oohh yeah

Posted by: on April 10, 2003 01:00 PM

where has edmund gone i am his love child

Posted by: little son trebus on April 10, 2003 01:00 PM

i loved mr trebus he and his wife used to feed me cookies and pork pies

Posted by: mark letley on April 10, 2003 01:03 PM

mr trebus is still alive that was a clone of him who died he is in jamaica selling maruana to the tramps

Posted by: undertaker on April 10, 2003 01:06 PM

mr trebus used to live nxt 2 me i used to feed him rat poison and weed killer which made him senile

Posted by: rudicka on April 10, 2003 01:10 PM

erm whoops I thought this was the bbc 2 page

Posted by: bbc on April 10, 2003 01:11 PM

wwwwwwaaaaiiitttt a minute this is illegal this site is

Posted by: bbc on April 10, 2003 01:12 PM

i loved mr trebus he also sat nxt 2 me at the lunch club i used to talk about the war with him

Posted by: ben wood on April 10, 2003 01:14 PM

during the war i new this man edmund trebus he waz a rinsin geezer 24 carrot gold diamond geeza we used to play battleships 2gether when the war was on oblivious to what was going on outside now i have a shrappnell cluttered brain he was alright though rrrrrriiiiinnnnnsssssiiiinn...

Posted by: uncle albert on April 10, 2003 01:16 PM


Posted by: shaft on April 10, 2003 01:25 PM

Stop taqking thew piss out of trebus

Posted by: on April 11, 2003 02:17 PM

I was Mr Trebus old time lover, we had a son called Richard Booth

Posted by: Derek Santos on April 11, 2003 02:30 PM


Posted by: Rick 'TREBUS' Booth on April 11, 2003 03:15 PM


Posted by: Joel 'TREBUS' Fagg on April 11, 2003 03:15 PM

Mr Tebus is an inspiration to all.
Fight the power.
Keep your junk.
Kill the rich.

Posted by: Danny Palmer on July 8, 2003 01:34 PM

Mr Edmund Trebas was a lovely man, a jovial character and a polish gentleman, leave him alone your making his death TWICE AS HARD!!!

Delicious again.

Terrence Bollea

Posted by: Terrence Trent Bollay'Bollea on July 13, 2003 07:09 PM

I had never really heard of this mans name until a few weeks ago when I was playing with my ouija board. I asked it what its name was. It spelled out Trebus. I looked up the name online and found Edmund Trebus. I asked the board if this was who he was and it said yes. It was really strange. I asked him a few other questions as well and then went back to his obituary online and the answers were all correct. I did ask him if he died happy and he said yes. I know this sounds odd, but it is all true. His spirit is still around.

Posted by: Kathy on July 17, 2003 01:06 AM

Mr trebus was so fine
i really wish he could have been mine
I love spoons too trebo
and when i see you again i will give you one
but u shudnt nick other peoples coz that is naughty INNIT
And dont waft ur walking stick round coz u will poke sum1's eye out INNIT
love u
saz x

Posted by: Sarah G the spaz on August 7, 2003 03:31 PM
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