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Trashopolis explores the most enchanting and iconic cities in the world and attempts to unlock their dark, dirty little secrets - through their trash. From Paris and Rome to New York, London and Cairo, this five-part series digs up the unexplored history of these great cities in an effort to better understand what made them the way that they are today.


  • Trashopolis: New York
    If you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere – but if you really want to make some big money in this town– you gotta have trash.
  • Trashopolis: London
    Trash turns a Roman outpost into a booming port city, which someday becomes the great city of London.
  • Trashopolis: Paris
    Trash turns a dark and dangerous labyrinth of narrow streets and unspeakable filth into one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  • Trashopolis: Rome
    A timeless struggle between beauty and filth inspires the Eternal City to find new ways to get rid of its trash.
  • Trashopolis: Cairo
    From the Pharaohs to the warrior Mamelukes, to the modern day Zabaleen garbage people, this is the epic story of Cairo’s Trash.
  • Trashopolis: Mexico City
    Mexico City is sinking...The sewers are overflowing, the landfills are closing, and mountains of Trash from iconic celebrations like the Day of the Dead have nowhere to go. But the city is fighting back.
  • Trashopolis: Jerusalem
    Millions of modern-day pilgrims flood Jerusalem's holy sites, leaving so much trash behind it takes an army of garbage collectors to clean up after them.
  • Trashopolis: Tokyo
    Whether Super Hi-Tech or Japanese Traditional, Tokyo's 33 million people always find a way to turn their Trash into something useful. And if they can't recycle it, they’ll use Trash to build an island paradise in the harbor, or heat the water in their swimming pools.
  • Trashopolis: Los Angeles
    Boomtown of movies, oil and cars, Los Angeles has always lived in the fast lane. Angelenos dumped their Trash into the river, the studios trashed film stock and movie sets in the desert – and no one dreamt what horrors the future might bring.
  • Trashopolis: Mumbai
    Mumbai, financial center of India, fabled city of empires and fortunes. On a Trash heap called Dharavi, over one million people earn pennies a day recycling the city's garbage.
  • Trashopolis: Berlin
    Berlin – A city destroyed by wars. Yet out of the rubble and ruins, Berlin has built one of most innovative and effective trash systems in the world.
  • Trashopolis: Moscow
    Moscow churns out five million tons of garbage a year. Some blame Western-style consumerism, but things weren't much better back in the old days, when Peter the Great created the Moscow garbage man, dumped Trash just outside the city and built on top of it.
  • Trashopolis: Montreal
    Since its founding in 1642, Montreal has been partying hard and creating lots of Trash. After hosting the World Fair in 1967, Montreal tried to clean up its act, but discovered that changing the mindset of a culture that believes trash just floats away is nearly impossible.