BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Council and Mayor Catherine Pugh have moved a bill forward that would ban plastic foam containers for carryout food and drinks.

The Baltimore Sun reports Monday night’s vote unanimously gave preliminary approval to the bill that was introduced by Councilman John Bullock as a way to decrease litter. The bill would create criminal fines for businesses that fail to comply with the ban on containers made of polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam.

The council will cast a final vote on the bill in March before it heads to the mayor’s desk. The mayor has pledged to sign the bill into law if it businesses get 18 months to comply.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,