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How To Travel More Sustainably

Visiting the Oregon Coast is widely known as a 'breath of fresh air' and a 'perfect reset' and 'good for the soul'. We want to keep it that way. Here are some ways you can visit more sustainably.

BYO

Not only does that apply to your favorite beverage, apply it to all other items you typically use while at home. While packing for the coast, don't forget things like your water bottle, coffee tumbler, reusable grocery bags, straws, and your own to-go items. Don't have them yet? Stop by places like Salt and Scout in the outlet mall, or really any other retail shop, and find yourself a reusable item that suits your style.

Deny Excess

Planning a trip to the coast for the day? Extended trip? Instead of meeting your friends and family at the destination, save gas by carpooling. This not only helps emissions but traffic congestion, parking issues, and best yet - your wallet.

Consider splitting entrees while out to eat! A large percentage of food waste ends up in landfills. In addition, if you are ordering take-out, make it a point to refuse any excess items you may not use, like condiment packets, ramekins, extra napkins, cutlery, straws in your drink, and other single-use plastic.

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Recycling

Exciting news for us here in Lincoln City! Recently installed, Oregon Bottle Drop is now at Safeway. Bring your green bags from home or sign up so you can ditch your cans and bottles easily after your fun-filled weekend. There are a number of convenient ways account holders can spend their redemption funds also: Withdraw them for cash at the Lincoln City Safeway or any BottleDrop kiosk; Get an extra 20% by using their funds to shop with store credit at the Lincoln City Safeway through the BottleDrop Plus program; Save for education by linking their BottleDrop Account with an Oregon College Savings Plan Account; or, Donate to a charity of their choice through BottleDrop Give.

Also, remember Lincoln City has a recycling center for all other items used during your trip.

Trash

We've seen an increase in the trash around town. On the beach, on the trails, or just throughout the city. No amount of beach cleanups can keep up with it, so it's up to us as individuals to take care of a need we see, on the regular.

It’s not a trip to the beach without a beach walk. Try to make it a habit of carrying a bag to pick up small plastics that wash ashore, or other garbage left by carelessness. If each of us committed to doing this each beach walk, the load is a lot lighter - and in turn, everyone will enjoy a cleaner beach walk. Don't forget to snap a photo and submit it to us here - we do a monthly drawing as a part of our Trash for Treasures program. So if you weren’t one of the lucky ones who found a float while out and about, you have the opportunity to win one by being a steward of our coastline.

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