Salinas City Councilwoman Jyl Lutes says the city needs an ordinance to stop restaurants from using polystyrene foam, a material often decried as environmentally unfriendly.
"We're chipping away at many green initiatives," Lutes said before Tuesday's council meeting, where she proposed the ban. "Salinas is on its way to becoming a truly green city with a minimal carbon footprint."
The ban would require restaurants and other food-service businesses to provide paper cups and packaging for take-out items.
Similar ordinances are in effect in Monterey, Carmel and Marina, but Monterey's ban only covers city cafeterias and snack shops.