JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Jackson Town Council has voted to ban plastic bags from the resort community in northwest Wyoming.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance that will phase out the use of plastic bags this year.

Starting April 15 grocers and large retailers will no longer be allowed to hand out single-use plastic bags. Small retailers will follow suit Nov. 15.

Some business owners voiced concern over having stockpiled bags and longer checkout times. But town councilors said the action was essential, and the sooner the better.

Mayor Pete Muldoon says the ban shows the town cares about the environment and will make sacrifices to protect it.