• Rumpke Consolidated Cos., Cincinnati, has acquired the assets of H&R Sanitation in Ashland, Ky.

  • Balcones Resources, Austin, Texas, has merged with Austin Shred, which will be the central Texas arm of the Balcones document destruction operation.

  • Alpine Waste & Recycling, Commerce City, Colo., is rewarding Denver-area hotels with a free month of recycling service for every month they divert at least 50 percent of their waste from local landfills.

  • Houston-based Waste Management launched a new Web site, www.thinkgreen.com, to educate the public about the business of handling the nearly five pounds of waste the average person produces each day.

  • Pittsburgh-based Alcoa, announced a goal to increase the national used beverage can recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear announced the Kentucky Pride Fund will award more than $2.9 million to clean up 293 illegal dumps.