• Boulder County, Colo., has launched a zero waste pilot program combining new purchasing methods, reuse, recycling and composting to meet a 50 percent diversion rate by 2010 and zero waste by 2025.

  • Energis, Dundee, Mich., has announced a name change. Its new name is Geocycle. The company will still offer the same co-processing services, converting commercial and industrial waste into cement.

  • Covanta Holding Corp., Fairfield, N.J., announced the $61 million acquisition of two waste-to-energy facilities, two transfer stations, one landfill, a transportation and small collections business, and a wood and yard waste recycling operation from EnergyAnswers.

  • Rumpke Consolidated Cos., Cincinnati, announced the acquisition of Buckeye Valley Waste, Columbus, Ohio.

  • The Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations is calling for abstracts for its 2008 conference, May 4-7, on Lake George, N.Y. Abstracts up to 250 words will be accepted through Nov. 2, 2007. For more information, visit www.nyfederation.org.

  • Waste Connections, Folsom, Calif., acquired U.S. Waste Industries' operations in Colorado, including four collection operations, three transfer stations and two landfills.

  • Waste Pro USA, Longwood, Fla., announced municipal contracts with Jacksonville, Fla., Daytona Beach, Fla., and Quincy, Fla. The deal includes 90,000 homes, 2,000 businesses and the operation of a transfer station.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Washington, has awarded grants totaling $2 million to fund gas-to-energy facilities in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and Ukraine as part of the Methane to Markets Partnership, which is an international effort to promote gas-to-energy facilities.