The Obama administration announced Wednesday it would spend $1.6 billion to replace the $1 trillion in waste generated by the nation’s trash haulers, which includes about a third of America’s industrial waste.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is funding the initiative, which is intended to help communities get rid of hazardous materials.
The EPA said the $500 million program will provide assistance to counties in the western United States where recycling is more difficult or expensive, including the western states of Utah and Wyoming, as well as Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, Missouri and Montana.
The $1,000 donation will be split among counties in each state that have been affected by the waste problem, the EPA said.
The initiative is part of the Obama administration’s new recycling push to help the nation reduce its waste, which was a major campaign theme during the 2016 presidential election.