Monday, November 28, 2022

Lincoln City means to ‘go green’

Lincoln City Going Green

Lincoln City City Councilors will hear from the City’s Sustainability Committee this Monday at city hall on how to increase local businesses’ bottom lines by going green.

The Lincoln City Sustainability Committee (LCSC) will present its case that by reducing plastics through bans and providing a subsidy, consumers will choose businesses “going green” over other coastal tourism-based cities at “zero cost” to business owners.

LCSC is calling for a public hearing to discuss an outright ban on single-use plastics offered in a limited set of areas. LCSC wants the city council to vote on a city-wide ban of single-use plastics which can be found in places such as, restaurants, grocery store and convenience store delis and lodging breakfast bars.

The subsidy will use a percentage of transient room taxes (TRT) or money from the general fund to offset the cost local business owners will incur to switch to more expensive paper and compostable single-use alternatives. LCSC would like to see a subsidy last for 18-36 months.

LCSC believes a more devoted and loyal customer base will equal more business and higher profits for participating businesses.

Some businesses have already made the switch, including the iconic coastal landmark restaurant Lil’ Sambos.

“There’s already pressure from the public and within the industry to switch to paper straws and biodegradable containers,” Lil’ Sambos Owner Cary Moore said. “Restaurants are doing this now. The switch started a long time ago. Big chains like Burgerville have already switched.”

Sustainable landscaping will also be presented, where reducing the need for pesticides and herbicides will be discussed. A plan on how individuals and households can be guided and encouraged to garden organically is in the works.

Sustainable food rounds out the three topics LCSC will present to the council and deals with a proposed week-long food festival for locals and tourists named “Flavors 101.” According to LCSC, the event could reduce reliance on transported products, provide healthy nutrient-rich alternatives to packaged food and reduce food waste.

From LCSC presentation materials:

One problem: Plastic = cheaper
One solution: Change that equation

Lincoln City City Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 801 SW Highway 101.


Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for Lincoln City, Oregon. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.


  1. I love how “sustainable” is the new cover word for “government force.” This small group of people can’t wait to become your environmental overlords and control every part of your life from what, when, where and how you eat to how you see fit to take care of your home.

  2. Stop voting Democrats into office. They want to control every inch of your lives, take your money, raise your taxes, take private insurance away, take SS away, Medicare for all is a lie, free college is a lie, eliminate your college loan is a lie. They teach hate in all the schools and colleges. We must stand up for America. Our great country is free and wonderful. No Socialism for America. It would destroy this country. Get wise people. Think for yourselves. See what is going on.


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