(NEWS CENTER) -- According to the Portland Press Herald, on Tuesday, York voters approved the first ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in Maine.

The "Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bag Ordinance" was designed to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags by retail and grocery stores in town. It passed by a vote of 1,649-1,151, the newspaper reports. 

Two cities in southern Maine have adopted fees for plastic bags, while several others are considering similar proposals. Portland's 5-cent plastic bag fee went into effect in April and South Portland has a similar fee set to take effect in March. At least five other communities – including Brunswick, Falmouth, Freeport and Topsham – are considering bag fees or bans.

The York measure was backed by the group Bring Your Own Bag York and had the unanimous backing of the Board of Selectmen.

Read more on the Portland Press Herald.