The Trash Collector: A Short Story by Monica Shaughnessy Literary Fiction; Short Stories; 15 pages; 4 stars; 30 Reviews Reviewed By valkyrie This is a lovely short story. A strange young man collects items from the garbage each night. Most ignore him except one busybody who refuses to let go. Well-written and with a nice pacing to it, the garbage collector will make you think. And, hopefully, smile.