Holiday season means local garbage trucks run a little heavier

Officials recommend bagging trash and proper disposal of trees, packaging

Nic Greer collects waste while dressed as Santa as part of his job as a driver with Waste Management Northwest in Seattle in this Dec. 17, 2010 file photo. Greer said that each year, he would wear the Santa suit as he made his rounds in the weeks leading up to Christmas. (AP/Ted S. Warren)

While the holiday season is known for sumptuous feasts and time spent with family and friends, there's something else that happens when the end-of-year holidays come around: trash.