BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Council has approved a ban on plastic foam containers for carryout food and drinks.

WJZ-TV reports the city council on Monday unanimously passed the bill, which gives restaurants and food vendors 18 months to phase out the containers.

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said last month that he didn’t support the previous, failed bills that only offered a 90-day window to get rid of the containers. He said the longer timeframe reduced the impact on small businesses, and that most businesses have already begun phasing out the foam.

A $1,000 fine will be levied on businesses that don’t switch container types at the end of the window.

The bill had passed two earlier readings, and Mayor Catherine Pugh has said she’ll sign it into law.

Information from: WJZ-TV,

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