Hearing set on privatizing collections

NAUGATUCK — A public hearing will be held Wednesday night on proposals received by the borough to privatize trash and recycling collection.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Town Hall. It will begin with a presentation followed by the opportunity for public comment, Mayor Robert Mezzo said on his blog.

The idea of looking into privatizing trash and recycling collection was recommended in the borough’s long-term strategic plan, which was completed last year by the consulting firm Blum, Shapiro & Co.

The borough received four bids from companies earlier this year to do the trash and recycling collection over a five-year period. The bids were submitted by the Oakville-based Copes Rubbish Removal, the Winsted-based USA Hauling & Recycling, Inc., Winter Bros. out of Danbury and City Carting based in Stamford.

Officials are also considering a combination of bids. The borough is expected to save an estimated $486,000 over five years by using a combination of bids, according to a financial analysis.