The Huntington Beach City Council on Tuesday voted 4-3 to reject an ordinance that would ban restaurants from using disposable food containers made from expanded polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam.
Concern about the impact on restaurants was the reason two councilmen gave for voting against the ban, said Councilwoman Connie Boardman, who voted in favor.
Many small restaurant owners had told the city that the ban would force them to raise prices and could put them out of business.
But Boardman said a similar ordinance in Newport Beach, San Clemente and other cities hasn't hurt restaurants.
The ordinance would have prohibited food vendors, including restaurants, and any person using City facilities or participating in a city event, from using polystyrene containers.