California state legislators voted on Wednesday to ban the distribution of plastic bags at supermarkets. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, was approved in a 41-27 vote.

Under the legislation, retailers will no longer be allowed to issue plastic bags. Paper bags with at least 40 percent post-consumer content, however, will still be available for a minimal fee — at least 5 cents.

According to Heal the Bay, California municipalities spend roughly $25 million annually just to collect and dispose of plastic bag waste. Nineteen billion single-use plastic shopping bags are used each year in California and less than 5 percent of these bags are recycled.

The state senate is expected to vote on the bill later this summer.

LA Weekly