D.C. styrofoam ban proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray

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(WJLA) - If D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has his way, his city would be a styrofoam-free zone.

WAMU 88.5 reports that Gray wants to ban restaurants and stores in Washington from using styrofoam containers for to-go orders and carryout, the latest move by a city that has worked before to cut down on litter.

"If we really want to clean up the environment and keep it clean, we are going to have to make these types of decisions," Gray said at a Wednesday press conference.

The District is one of the jurisdictions in the region that has already placed a fee on bags. In 2010, stores in the city began charging customers 5 cents per plastic bag in an effort to cut back on the amount of trash piling up in the city's waterways.

Montgomery County has also enacted a five-cent fee on bags.