A proposal to ban Styrofoam containers has been rejected by lawmakers, despite an outpouring of public support.

The bill would have banned food vendors from using the material, most commonly used in takeout containers and coffee cups.

Most of the 615 testimonies received supported the ban, but opponents say the measure would've increased costs for consumers and small restaurants.

The Department of Health is instead recommending that individual counties decide how to divert their trash.

Lawmakers in support say they'll try again to pass the bill in the future.