LOS ANGELES ‚Äî Los Angeles has become the biggest city in the country to ban free plastic bags in grocery stores.
City News Service reports the City Council voted 9-1 Tuesday to support a ban that will take effect Jan. 1 for large stores.
Under the law, shoppers will have to tote their own bags, or pay 10 cents each for paper bags.
About $2 million a year is spent to clean up plastic bag litter in Los Angeles.
The city plans to hand out 1 million reusable bags in low-income areas.
Small stores have until June 2014 to begin enforcing.
Stores will be required to file quarterly reports on the number of paper bags purchased.
Santa¬†Monica and San Francisco already have plastic bag bans.