Bail Your Loved One Out This Summer

Bail Your Loved One Out This Summer

No one likes losing their freedom, especially during the summer. Summer time is meant to be spent with family and friends having as much fun as possible. No one wants to miss out on that. Due to that fact, no one likes to get arrested. Getting arrested means getting locked away in jail and not being able to spend time with the people that you care about.

If you have a loved one who recently got arrested and you want him or her to be able to have fun this summer, try posting his or her bail. While this may sound difficult or expensive, it can actually be cheap and easy with Bail Bonds in San Ramon.

For over 30 years we have helped Californians deal with bail. Let us help you too.

At Bail Bonds in San Ramon, our bonds only cost 10% of the bail. This means you get a 90% discount just by coming to us for help. On top of that, you get to work with professional bail agents. Our agents have years of training and experience with bail. They know everything about the bail process and know how to make it easier for you.

Our bail agents will walk you through each step of the bail bond process, answering your questions as you go. You will never be left in the dark. They will always be there to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). You won’t have to face this alone, which can make bailing someone out of jail a whole lot easier.

When you use our services, you get:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

When it comes to taking care of clients, no other bail bond company works harder than Bail Bonds in San Ramon. We understand how miserable an arrest can be, especially in the summer. Let us help you remedy the situation. We can get your loved one out of jail easily, at an affordable price. All you have to do is talk to one of our caring bail agents.

Don’t waste another second. Call Bail Bonds in San Ramon today at 925-228-5858 or click Chat With Us now for a free consultation.

 

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail is not a topic that most people want to discuss. Talking about it means that either they think someone they know will get arrested, or someone has been arrested. Neither one is something people want to think about or admit to. Unfortunately, sometimes people get arrested. If it is someone that you care about, then you are going to want to help them post bail.

Here in California, bail can be ridiculously expensive. The average bail in the state costs several thousands of dollars, meaning most people can’t afford to post bail. At least, they can’t afford it on their own. However, with the right help, bailing someone out of jail can be easy and affordable.

When you come to Bail Bonds in Martinez for help, we will provide you with everything you need to get through the bail process quickly, easily, and affordably. For starters, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. The means that if your loved one’s bail is set at $20,000, then it will only cost $2,000.

In addition to get a 90% discount just by coming to us, our clients also get a personalized payment plans. These plans break up the bail bond total cost and spread it out over several months, thereby reducing the amount needed to pay for the bond each month.

Another benefit for coming to Bail Bonds in Martinez for help is that clients can get co-signers to help pay for the bond. The co-signers share responsibility for the bail bond and work together to make sure it is paid for on time. We even offer discounts for co-signers who meet just one of the following requirements:

  • Is a member of the military.
  • Is a member of AARP.
  • Is a member of a union.
  • Is a homeowner.
  • Has a private attorney.

If you or one of the co-signers meet one of those requirements, you qualify for an extra 20% discount on the price of the bail bond.

Bailing someone out of jail may seem like a difficult endeavor due to the high cost of the bail, but it isn’t. You just need to get the right help. The best bail help here in California is at Bail Bonds in Martinez. We provide our clients with affordable bail bonds, payment plans, and even discounts for those who qualify.

For a FREE bail bond consultation, call Bail Bonds in Martinez at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Summer is here, and for most people this means it’s time for parties, vacations, and trips. Everyone has their own to enjoy summer. While the season is great for relaxing, one aspect of this time of year can be incredibly stressful. As the temperatures rise in California, wildfires become more prominent across the state.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and become more threatening in warm, dry, and windy conditions. During the summer, California dries out under the intense heat, thereby increasing the risks of wildfires. All it takes is one small spark to ignite a massive blaze that can burn through everything in its path.

Just looking at how bad last year’s wildfires were, it is easy to see how important it is for a person to be prepared for wildfires. This is especially true during the summer months.

Prepping A Home For Wildfires

A person can prepare for in a number of ways from prepping their home for a fire, and preparing their family on how to respond to a potential danger. Both ways are very important, and preparing in both areas can make a huge difference. Preparation can mean the difference between life and death.

When it comes to defending a house, homeowners should create defendable space between their home and the rest of the yard. This means creating ten feet of clearance between a home and any vegetation. It also means removing dead vegetation, leaves and branches, from the yard. Dead plant material is more flammable than living plants, and can pose a higher risk of catching fire. Dead leaves should also be removed from rain gutters and out from under porches.

Keep lawns maintained and watered as dry grass can be incredibly flammable. Mow lawns in the morning when they are damp with dew. This makes it less likely that a spark from the mower could start a fire.

Place metal netting over ducts, eaves, and under patios to prevent embers and dry debris from getting inside. Replace missing or broken roof tiles regularly to prevent embers from reaching the wooden roofing beneath the tiles.

Keeping The Family Prepared

When it comes to prepping the family for emergencies, a lot of it falls to storing emergency supplies, creating a plan, and practicing the plan. Experts recommend having at least two emergency exit plans for every room in a building. Every person in a family should know these plans, as well as where to meet in the event of separation. Practicing these plans regularly can help a person memorize, which means they will be less likely to panic and forget them in the event of an emergency.

Emergency supplies should be stored in a safe, yet easily, accessible area that every family knows about. When it comes to wildfire prep, an emergency kit should contain any current medications needed by each family member, including pets. Important documents, such as birth certificates, deeds, and insurance paperwork, should be kept in a safe, fireproof area. Fireproof safes are great, but they are not perfect. The safe itself may not burn, but sometimes the papers inside can still ignite if temperatures get hot enough.

Stay Safe & Prepared This Summer

In the event of a wildfire, always follow the advice of emergency personnel. They know best. If told to evacuate by firefighters or police officers, people should listen. If they don’t, they could become trapped in their home. This is bad for two reasons:

  1. No one wants to be trapped anywhere near a wildfire. Emergency crews may attempt a rescue, but there is no guarantee they will get there in time.
  2. Emergency personnel will need to be diverted from fighting the blaze to attempt to rescue the trapped individual(s). That means less people fighting the fire, which is bad for everyone.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and can be very scary when they approach a person’s home. Unfortunately, they are just a part of life in California during the summer and fall. Luckily, there are steps a person can take to help protect their homes and ensure the safety of their families.

What are some of the ways that you have prepared your home for wildfires?

Let us know in the comments down below.

 

How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

Summer is here. For kids, this is the best time of the year, second only to Christmas time. Summer means no school and the freedom to do whatever they want. For parents, summer isn’t as exciting. Adults still have to work, but now the kids are home while are off making a living. Kids can get into all kinds of mischief if left unsupervised and bored for extended periods of time. This leaves parents with a bit of a dilemma.

When it comes to keeping kids entertained over the summer, many parents have a tough time. After all, they aren’t teachers and many do have to go to work. Even if a parent is a stay at home parent, summer can be tough. Those eight hours of school really keep children busy. Plus there is the fact that many of the fun things that are advertised on TV are very expensive, and most people do not have that kind of money. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep kids entertained over summer break without breaking the bank.

How To Keep Kids Entertained

Keep kids busy is no simple task, which is something parents figure out very quickly when their kids get any extended break from school. Kind of makes you think teachers should get paid more, doesn’t it? Regardless, with school out for summer, it is up to the parent to keep their child entertained, or at the very least, busy until school starts up again in fall. Here are a few, simple and affordable ideas on how to keep your kids busy this summer:

  1. CHORE CHARTS
    A quick and simple way to keep kids, maybe not so much entertained, but busy, would be to institute a chore chart. They might not appreciate it, but it can be helpful for the parent and beneficial for the child in the long run. Chores help teach children about responsibility, and can be a great way for them to earn some money that they can then spend on things they want.
  2. THE LIBRARY
    A good entertainment option would be to take the kids to the library once a week. Most public libraries have summer reading programs that can give more reasons for kids to read books. Just be sure to let the child pick out books that are age appropriate, but interesting to them. You want them to keep reading, and not get discouraged by big, complicated words. Reading is a great way to spend away hours upon hours of the summer.
  3. CAMP
    One option would be sending kids to summer camp, which can be a great adventure for the child. However, summer camp can be a bit expensive. There is always the cheaper alternative of day camp. Day camps are great ways to keep kids entertained during the day without sending them away for extended periods.
  4. BOARD GAMES
    Board games can be another way to keep children entertained over the summer. There are so many different games out there, that there is one for everyone. Plus, many modern games teach skills like teamwork, resource management, critical thinking, and strategy. Plus, with their replay-ability board games can be a very good investment.
  5. BE BORED
    Lastly, one of the best things that you can do is just let your child be bored. As bad as that may sound, being bored can actually be a good thing. Many studies have found that boredom leads to creativity. This is more important now more than ever since there are so many devices out there to help us alleviate boredom. Kids don’t actually have a lot of time to be bored nowadays, so letting them be bored from time to time is actually a good thing. It can lead to more creativity in your child.

Don’t Stress, Just Have Fun

While keeping kids entertained over the summer can be a tough job, it is possible to do without spending boatloads of money on extravagant outings. Following some of the above ideas can be great ways to keep kids entertained and/or busy this summer without straining your bank account.

While a parent may feel the need to make sure their child is entertained for the entirety of the summer break, it is important to realize that not only is that not possible, especially for working parents, but it is unrealistic. Boredom happens to everyone, and can often lead to great new ideas. So don’t worry too much if your child isn’t entertained 24/7, it can lead to some creative new ideas.

Do you have any cheap and affordable ways that you keep your kid(s) entertained during summer break?

If so, share them in the comments below and help out other parents.

 

What Kind Of Video Games Is Your Child Playing?

What Kind Of Video Games Is Your Child Playing?

Parenting is not an easy task, but at least school is there to take the kids away for a few hours each day. That helps. However, summer is now here and the kids are free from school for the season. It can be tough for parents to figure out how to keep their kids busy and entertained over the summer.

Nowadays, many kids are easily entertained with a video game of some sort. Luckily, there are plenty of games to choose from to keep the kiddies entertained. However, a parent needs to make sure that the game their kid is playing is appropriate for them. Some parents don’t realize that there is a way to determine what is in a game without having to play it.

How To Rate A Game

Video games come in all sorts of “shapes and sizes.” There truly is something for everyone, so long as they are willing to look for the right game. One of the ways that people can tell what is in a game, aside from reading the back of the box, is to look at the rating system. Every single game in the United States has a rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

The ESRB is tasked with providing consumers with the information to determine what kind of audience the game is made for. The ESRB examines a game and determines if its content is meant more for kids, or adults. Once a decision has been decided on for a game, the game receives a letter rating.

While some people may be confused by the letter system used for rating video games, it is actually pretty straightforward. The following letters can be used for ratings:

  • EC – stands for early childhood and are usually meant as educational games for very young kids. This rating isn’t used much in most games.
  • E – stands for everyone, meaning that the game is suitable for all ages. An E game can contain minimal cartoon, fantasy, mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language. Games like Pokémon fall into this category.
  • E10+ – stands for everyone age ten and up. These games can contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes. Minecraft falls into this category.
  • T – stands for teen, meaning the game is meant for anyone 13 and older. These games can contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language. The popular battle royal style game Fortnite falls into this category.
  • M – stands for mature, meaning a player should be 17 or older to buy or play the game. These games contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language. Any first-person shooter (FPS) game, like Call of Duty, typically fits into this category.
  • AO – stands for adults only, meaning a person should be 18 or older to play the game. Admittedly, this rating is very rarely used. These games can contain prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.
  • RP – stands for rating pending, meaning the game hasn’t gotten an official rating yet. This is usually seen on adds for games long before their official release and therefore will never be on a game once it is available to purchase.

More information can be found on the ESRB, as well as a helpful lookup tool, here.

Be Wary Of Loot Boxes

Another thing a parent should be wary of in their child’s games, are loot boxes. Loot boxes are highly controversial at the moment with many people debating whether or not they constitute gambling.

Loot boxes typically work as follows: A player acquires a box in game, sometimes by earning, though usually through purchasing the box with real world money. The player then opens the box is given a random in-game reward. If a player didn’t get the reward they wanted, they can always purchase another loot box to try again. This can very quickly add up to a lot of money.

Some popular games that include loot boxes include:

  • Apex Legends
  • Counter-Strike
  • FIFA
  • Fortnite
  • Overwatch
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2

Due to these questionable practices, many governments around the world are weighing in on whether or not loot boxes count as gambling. Until governments can come to any sort of decision on this front, parents should pay attention to games with these, as kids have been known to use their parent’s credit cards to buy a lot of these loot boxes.

Pay Close Attention

Video games can be a great way to keep a child entertained this summer, so long as a parent is aware of what games their letting their child play. When a parent buys a game for their child, they need to make sure that the game is appropriate. If they don’t want their child seeing anything super violent, then M rated games are out of the picture. No cartoon violence, then T games are out as well. E and E10+ games are usually a safe bet for young children.

Unfortunately, if a parent wants to avoid games with loot boxes, they are going to have to a look a little more closely at the rating box on the game’s case. Loot boxes themselves don’t currently affect a game’s rating with the ESRB, however they should be listed next to the games rating under the category of in-game purchases.

Do you have a favorite child appropriate game?

If so, share it in the comments below and help other parents find a good game for their child this summer.

 

We Will Be By Your Side The Whole Time

We Will Be By Your Side The Whole Time

If you are like most people out there, then the thought of trying to bail someone out of jail is intimidating. For most people, the bail process is some foreign concept that they may never need. Sadly, not everyone is so lucky. Sometimes, loved ones get arrested. When that happens, people typically want to rescue them from jail.

Luckily, bail is nowhere near as intimidating as it appears. Bailing someone out of jail can actually be a piece of cake, so long as you get the right bail help. The best bail help in California can be found here at Bail Bonds in Concord.

Our professional bail agents will always be available to help you.

At Bail Bonds in Concord, our bail agents receive training every other year. This keeps our agents up to date on everything about bail, which allows them to provide you with the best bail service available in the state. On top of that is the fact that our bail agents are available to offer their assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Once you talk to our bail agents, they begin working for you. They provide dedicated bail help will not rest until your loved one has been released from jail. This means they will be with you every step of the way. They will answer all of your questions about the process and your loved one’s arrest.

Our services include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

You may have never considered bailing someone out of jail before today, but that shouldn’t stop you from helping out a loved one. Posting bail can be incredibly easy when you have the professional bail agents here at Bail Bonds in Concord helping you. Our agents will be with you for every step of the bail bond process. You will not have to face this alone. Call us at any time. We are open 24/7 for your convenience.

What are you waiting for? Get the bail process started by calling Bail Bonds in Concord at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

You Don’t Have To Face Bail Alone

You Don’t Have To Face Bail Alone

There are a lot of things out there in the world that a person doesn’t know about. Some of these things can be incredibly complex, such as how to solve some trigonometry problem, while others are much simpler, such as how does bail work. In both instances, not everyone needs to know the answers to those problems. However, one is much more likely to come up in life than the other.

A person never truly know if or when one of their loved one’s will get arrested. Some people never have to deal with bail, while others do. If you have found yourself needing to bail a friend or family member out of jail, do not worry. Posting bail is a whole lot easier than you think, especially with Bail Bonds in Antioch helping you.

The moment you get in touch with one of our friendly bail agents, they begin working for you. All they need to get started is the name of the person you want to bail out, his or her date of birth, and the the county where the arrest took place. With that information in hand, they will be able to locate your loved one in the county jail system and gather the rest of the information. From there, they will be better equipped to answer all of your questions about your loved one’s arrest.

Once all of your questions have been answered, our agents will work with you to create a payment plan that works for you and your budget. Your payment plan will break down the cost of the bail bond, which only costs 10% of the full bail price. The payments will be designed with your budget in mind, ensuring that you will be able to afford the bail bond.

Our services include:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

You may not have a lot of experience with bail, but that shouldn’t prevent you from helping out your loved one. With help from the professionals here at Bail Bonds in Antioch, bailing out your loved one can be easy. Our agents will walk you through the entire process and explain every single step to you. We promise, we won’t let you down.

You do not have to face bail alone. Talk to a professional bail agent for FREE by calling Bail Bonds in Antioch at 925-228-5858 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

With the weather quickly heating up, many people are starting to pull their swimsuits out from their winter hiding spots. With California’s thousands of miles of coastline, there are plenty of places to go to the beach. However, the beach isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer to cool off without having to worry about sand getting everywhere. That is why some people prefer going to a pool.

In addition to the lack of sand at pools, they are often cleaner as well. The water is maintained by humans, instead of being left alone. However, despite the chemicals, mostly chlorine, put into pool water to keep it clean, one recent survey found that pools aren’t always as clean as one would hope.

Public Pools May Not Be As Clean As You Think

The clear blue water of pools often looks a heck of a lot cleaner than the ocean, lake, or river water. Those waters typically have all kinds of debris floating beneath the surface, making them hazy. Pools lack this haze due to the chemicals put into them to kill bacteria, and the filtration systems in them to pick out the bigger particles like bugs and leaves.

However, despite all of that, pools can still contain bits of harmful bacteria, bacteria that is typically brought in by swimmers. A recent survey conducted by Water Quality and Health Council found that 51% of Americans used pools as a way to rinse off after performing sweat inducing activities.

The survey, which polled 3,100 American adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7%, also found the following information:

  • 24% of people would go within a pool within an hour of having diarrhea.
  • 40% of adults peed in pools.
  • 48% admitted to not showering before entering a pool.
  • 53% didn’t know makeup affected the chemistry of the pool.
  • 55% didn’t know deodorant affected the chemistry of the pool.
  • 64% acknowledge the fact that pools don’t eliminate the need to shower, but use pools as a reason not to shower anyways.

While chlorine does help keep pools cleaner, it isn’t an infinite source of cleanliness. Think of the chlorine in a pool like a bar of soap. Every time it is used to clean something, it becomes smaller and less effective until it is all used up. However, chlorine is not a replacement for soap.

Chlorine keeps pools clean by causing chemical reactions in the water that kill microorganisms and bacteria. By adding other chemicals to the mix, bodily fluids, makeup, and deodorant, a person reduces the strength of the chlorine in the water, thereby reducing its effectiveness.

Help Keep Public Pools Clean

Some of the findings in this survey are more than a bit disgusting. Hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to everyone that there are times when they should not go swimming, and more than that, they should shower before getting into a pool. Doing so can help keep the water cleaner, longer.

Pools are a great way to beat the summer heat, and most are likely maintained on a regular basis. So long as a pool owners keep up with the maintenance of the pool, its filter system, and the chemical makeup, there is no reason to not go swimming in it. All public pools in California are required by law to be kept at safe and sanitary levels at all times. If a person suspects that this isn’t being done at a local public pool, they can report the problem to their local health officials.

As things begin to heat up this summer, be sure to help keep pools clean by not using them as bath time and showering before getting into the water. This will help keep the pool water clean for everyone.

 

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

The Cost Of Hosting The Olympic Games In Los Angeles

Most people are aware of just how big of a deal the Olympic Games are. Countries from all over the world get together for some good natured competition to see who has the better athletes. No other event in the world requires this much cooperation between so many countries.

Naturally, hosting the Olympics is a pretty big deal as well. Cities all over the globe compete for the honor of being the location of the next Olympic. By hosting the games, and hosting them well, a city gets a chance to show off to the rest of the world. Pretty much every city and nation out there wants to show off like that.

The next upcoming Summer Olympics for 2020 will be held in Tokyo, Japan, the 2024 Games will be held in Paris, France, and the 2028 Games will be held in Los Angeles California. Hosting the games is no easy feat, and requires large amounts of money to do so. Recently, it was determined that the city of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2028 games had to be adjusted for inflation. The new estimated cost for the 2028 games is expected to be around $6.9 billion, 1.3 billion more than what was originally anticipated.

How Much Does It Cost To Host The Olympics?

Back in 2016, when the city of Los Angeles originally put in its bid to host the Olympic Games, it was trying to actually host the 2024 Games. Now, applying to host the Olympics is a lot harder than a city simply saying it wants to do so. Cities have to follow certain rules and guidelines set out by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). Some of the requirements include:

  • The city needs to be big enough to host the Games. This means they need to have stadiums, hotels, extensive mass transit systems, and the capability to produce high levels of security.
  • The city needs to prove to the IOC and city residents, that hosting the games will benefit the city, by creating new infrastructure and jobs, and not leave the city in massive amounts of debt.
  • The city needs to continue to have good media exposure from the time the bid is submitted to the time when the Games arrive.

On top of meeting those requirements, cities have to pay a fee of $150,000, to even be considered for the games, and submit an expected budget. IOC believes that the Olympic Games are a way of bettering the world, and want to ensure that whatever city the games are hosted will not be left with a huge burden after the games leave. Unfortunately, due to the size of the projects, many past Olympic venues fall into disrepair a few years after the games have come to pass.

When LA made its Olympic bid in 2016, it projected a cost of around $5.3 billion to host the Olympic Games. However, that wasn’t enough, the city would have to account for inflation in order to get a more accurate estimate for 2024. However, even after doing that, Los Angeles lost the bid to Paris. The IOC decided to award the 2028 bid to Los Angeles, provided it could come up with an updated projection by early 2019.

Well, the deadline came, and Los Angeles revealed its new estimated cost for hosting the Olympic Games in 2028, a whopping $6.9 billion. Luckily, this increase in cost isn’t due to any increased plans or projects for the game. It is simply due to the expected inflation over the next nine years.

The Olympics Return To Los Angeles

While hosting the Olympic Games is a big honor and very exciting, it is very costly. The cities hosting the games have to come up with ways to cover any excess expenses that aren’t covered by ticket sales and paid advertising. This means that the cost of the games could potentially be passed on to taxpayers if these estimations aren’t accurate enough.

Luckily, the city of Los Angeles plans on using already existing stadiums and venues for the event. Some of the venues were even built to host the Olympics back in 1984. Hopefully this will prevent LA from being left with any crippling debt like other previous host cities, such as Athens, Greece, and Montreal, Canada.

What do you think of Los Angeles hosting the Olympics Games once again in the coming decade?

Will it be a great opportunity for Californians to show off and see the games close to home, or does it pose too much of a risk for creating more taxes? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Maine: The First State To Ban Styrofoam Containers

Maine: The First State To Ban Styrofoam Containers

More and more people are looking for ways to help out the environment in any way that they can. This includes the usual steps of recycling and reducing waste as much as possible. Lawmakers are also getting into the idea of going green, and are passing new laws with the goal of helping the environment.

This all comes from the realization of how much human trash ends up in the environment, namely the ocean. Communities all over the globe are working on ways to reduce the amount of waste they produce each year with the end goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste in the ocean.

California is one of a handful of states in the U.S., passing numerous laws in this area. Recently, the state passed laws banning single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and limited single-use plastic straws at restaurants. However, it is not the only state in the country to pass laws like this. For instance, the state of Maine recently made headlines for passing a new green law that is the first of its kind.

Maine Bans Styrofoam Containers

In the state of Maine, Governor Janet Mills recently signed a bill that prohibits the use and distribution of single-use Styrofoam food containers. The law goes into effect in 2021 and prohibits “covered establishments” like restaurants and grocery stores from using these containers. Ultimately, the law expands on a previous law enacted in 19993 that banned the containers from all state facilities and functions.

These types of containers are often used only once before being thrown away. From there, the container either ends up in a dump, or somehow finds its way into the environment somewhere. Either way, the container doesn’t decompose since plastics like that are designed to last, despites they are often only used one time.

Maine is the first state to enact a policy like this; however, it is not the first community to do so. Cities all over the country have placed bans on these types of containers, and a few others states, Oregon, Vermont, and Connecticut, are considering enacting similar bans.

Even some national businesses, such as McDonald’s and Dunkin, are working on eliminating Styrofoam containers completely from their business models.

The Law Attacks Whole Industries

As with all new laws, especially environmentally focused ones, there was heavy opposition. Opponents of the bill largely came from the plastic industry, food service container manufacturers, and business and tourism groups in Maine. Even something as simple sounding as a ban can drastically affect entire industries.

Opponents of the new law argued that this would negatively affect businesses, especially small businesses. Styrofoam containers are a cheap and effective way to transport and store food. They also argued that regardless of what material the containers were made of, people will continue to litter. Plus, all materials leave some sort of environmental footprint.

Trying To Clean Up The Environment

At the end of the day, opponents of the bill were probably right. People will litter no matter what the containers are made of. The best anyone can do is try to reduce as much plastic waste as possible. While there are still many larger instances of plastic waste out there, the banning of Styrofoam food containers is a step in the right direction.

Similarly, the banning of single-use plastic bags and the limiting of plastic straws are also steps in the right direction. While they might seem small, they are hopefully just the beginning to make the world a whole lot cleaner for everyone, human and animal alike.

What do you think of Maine’s new law?

Is this a good thing or is it too much too soon? Do you think California should follow Maine’s example, or wait a while and see how things play out? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.