Waterbury, Conn. — The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) recently concluded a successful sale of backyard composters and rain barrels. Residents purchased a total of 80 composters and 60 rain barrels, contributing to the diversion of organic waste from the waste stream and helping to conserve water resources.

NVCOG offered compost bins, rain barrels, and related accessories at wholesale rates to residents of the Naugatuck Valley Region through an online store. Items were available for pickup in Bethlehem and Seymour on May 21.

Each composter is estimated to divert 500 lbs. of organic yard and food waste annually from the municipal solid waste stream, helping to transform waste into valuable compost for amending soil for vegetables, flowers, or lawns.  With ever-dwindling space to send our trash and the resulting increase in disposal fees, backyard composting is an easy way to reduce waste and municipal disposal costs. Combined with composters sold in 2021, NVCOG’s efforts are helping divert an estimated 85,500 pounds of municipal solid waste annually.

The 55-gallon rain barrels provide a reliable source of chemical-free water for outdoor uses like watering lawns and gardens.

Residents can visit to learn more or sign up to be notified of future events.


Desira Blanchard
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments