POSTPONED -Household Hazardous Waste Collection

April 4 Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Postponed

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) has postponed its Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Paint Collection Day that was scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 4 in Naugatuck, CT due to the developing COVID-19 crisis.

NVCOG HHW events serve the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Cheshire, Derby, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury. The next event currently scheduled will take place at Crosby High School in Waterbury on July 18, 2020.  

For future updates, please visit NVCOG’s HHW webpage: as well as postings on social media channels and on local, municipal websites. Information on how to properly dispose of common household items is also featured on the NVCOG HHW webpage.

Household hazardous wastes are any wastes produced in the home that are poisonous, flammable, reactive, or corrosive. These wastes are harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly. The goal of the program is to keep potentially hazardous waste out of local landfills and sewers, providing extra protection for wetlands and waterways. In addition, residents may now bring latex (water-based) paint to the collection event.  While not considered hazardous waste, the latex paint is also accepted as part of the statewide paint product stewardship program.




NVCOG CEOs Support Rail Line Legislation

NVCOG Mayors and First Selectman visited the State Capitol complex today in support of proposed legislation to improve rail service on the Waterbury Branch Line. A public hearing was held on Senate Bill 155, which would serve as the ‘vehicle’ legislation for the proposed upgrades.

Watch News 8’s video coverage here.

From left to right: Derby Mayor Richard Dziekan, State Sen. George Logan, R-17, Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller, Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti, Naugatuck Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess, State Rep. Kara Rochelle, D-104, Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Aresimowicz, Beacon Falls First Selectman Gerard Smith, Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, State Rep. Larry Butler, D- 72, State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-70, State Rep. Geraldo Reyes, D-75.

Municipal leaders and area state legislators, led by NVCOG Chairman, Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary addressed the media this morning prior to the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee’s public hearing.

Testifying before the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, left to right, State Rep. Rosa, Rebimbas, R-70, Naugatuck Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess and Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary. Also, in the second row, second from left, Thomaston First Selectman Ed Mone and, fourth from left, Derby Mayor Richard Dziekan.





Notice of Scoping for Regional Wastewater Treatment Consolidation Study

The NVCOG Regional Wastewater Treatment Consolidation Study will provide a preliminary analysis to help determine the region’s ability to increase capacity for properly treating wastewater in a consolidated facility or facilities, thereby leading to a reduction in long-term state and local capital improvements and a reduction of user fees.

As the sponsoring agency, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has published a scoping notice soliciting comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for in the study’s Phase II.  The full scoping notice can be accessed here.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Saturday, July 13

A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Paint Collection Day is scheduled for the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bristol, Cheshire, Derby, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury for Saturday, July 13 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The event will be held at the Wolcott Recycling Center, 48 Todd Road in Wolcott.

NVCOG Approves Regional Long Range Transportation Plan

I-84 in Waterbury

May 20, 2019

Mark Nielsen, 203-575-0535

NVCOG Approves Regional Long Range Transportation Plan

The Central Naugatuck Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization recently approved the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for 2019-2045. This federally required plan evaluates and assesses the regional transportation systems, identifies needed improvements to the transportation systems, and provides recommendations for transportation investments.

The resulting, comprehensive document outlines how the region could utilize future federal dollars towards enhancing infrastructure and meeting long-term transportation needs. It also identifies a list of future projects, including upgrades to the Waterbury Branch Commuter Line and Naugatuck River Greenway trail. As the federally designated transportation planning organization for the NVCOG, Central Naugatuck Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization comprises the municipalities of Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bristol, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.

The plan takes into account the region’s population, demographic and economic trends. In outlining goals, it also recognizes numerous related issues, including highway safety, traffic congestion and emerging technologies. Key subjects detailed include Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), which is a focus of numerous member communities, in particular those along the Waterbury Branch Rail Line/Route 8 corridor.

In addition to strategies to meet commuter rail goals, the plan addresses the needs of the local bus systems. The report outlines freight needs and goals for both truck and rail borne freight, including the proposed Naugatuck Inland Port.

The region is home to numerous greenways and walking trails. Pedestrian needs, safety and deficiencies are featured in the plan, as are a regional bicycle plan. While multiuse trails are often viewed as “recreational” facilities, well sited and designed paths can be a viable transportation option, serving as non-motorized “expressways” for those who do not have or would rather not use a motor vehicle.

“To craft a viable long range transportation vision, it’s crucial to incorporate a multi-modal approach,” said NVCOG Director of Planning Mark Nielsen. “This comprehensive plan takes into account systems that currently serve our communities well and those in need of a variety of upgrades envisioned for a 25-year horizon.”

To view the full plan, executive summary and associated documents, visit:  Metropolitan Transportation Plan