“Red solo cup, I fill you up!” I’m sure you’ve heard the 2012 hit Red Solo Cup from Toby Keith, if not take a moment and enjoy the great tune. Finished? It’s great right?
Where do you normally spot red solo cups? Just as Keith’s lyrics say, “Now a red solo cup is the best receptacle for barbecues, tailgates, fairs and festivals.” A large gathering is usually where you’ll find them. Why you ask? Well, as Keith says again “a red solo cup is cheap and disposable.” True that, Keith. Cheap, disposable, and the party host has minimal clean up afterwards.
But wait. What does Keith say after all of this? “In 14 years they are decomposable.” Pause. You’re telling me that when I throw my handy dandy, easy clean up, red solo cups away that they will sit in the landfill for 14 years?! Yes, that is exactly what I’m telling you.
So there has to be other options right? Correct. Back in 2011 TerraCycle and Solo teamed up to create the Solo Cup Brigade, a disposable solution for the millions of single-use cups sold each year.
Getting involved is incredibly simple. Individuals, schools, offices, non-profits and pretty much anyone signs up on the TerraCycle website. After you’ve collected plastic Solo cups you return them to TerraCycle, who will recycle them into playground equipment, park benches and outdoor furniture.
And guess what. For every cup received, Solo will donate two cents to Keep America Beautiful or the member’s charity of choice. So you get to help save the environment AND raise profits for a charity. That sounds like a fantastic deal to me.
Want to get involved and start recycling your Solo cups? Find out more by visiting TerraCycle.com. By taking this step today we’re taking a step toward a better future.
Although Metro Recycling doesn't currently accept Solo cups, we accept a variety of other materials. Metro's goal is to make recycling easy for every member of the communities we serve.