Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Paper or plastic?
Pretty soon, residents in Los Angeles won't have that choice anymore.
The city council in L.A. Wednesday banned grocery stores from handing out plastic bags.
Paper will still be allowed but customers will be charged ten cents for each paper bag they use.
According to a local environmental non-profit group, nearly two billion plastic bags are given out each year in l-a.
Proponents say the ban is good for the environment and will reduce pollution.
Opponents argue the ban will hurt business, especially the makers of the plastic bags, some of whom operate right in the county.
The ban goes into effect on the first of next year for large stores.
Smaller ones have until July 2014.
Los Angeles is the biggest city in the U.S. to adopt an ordinance to phase out plastic bags.