Edmund Trebus came to the attention of the masses when he was featured on "A Life of Grime," a BBC television series about the day-to-day lives of environmental health workers. Early on, some of Trebus' favorite items to amass included vacuum cleaners, cameras and Elvis albums.
That specialized collecting gradually spiraled out of control over the decades, however, and he took to roaming the streets looking for more items to pick up. Trebus' hoard eventually overwhelmed his house and spilled out into the yard, soon becoming a veritable mountain of possessions of dubious worth. Trebus fiercely defended his items and had several verbal conflicts on camera with local health department workers and police officers when they forcefully tried to clean up the site. He died in 2002.