Your Classic Tailgating Cup Is Recyclable September 10, 2017 Email 9-10-2017 No one can deny that the red Solo cup is a cultural icon: it makes us think of tailgating, barbecues, college parties and more recently, Toby Keith’s hugely popular song. When you fill one up this season, keep in mind that the rigid plastic #6 cup is recyclable curbside. When thrown away, it doesn’t take a quick 14 years to decompose, as Keith’s lyrics suggest. Estimates range closer to 450 years. What can you use instead of Solo cups? Try reusable cups. (If you want red ones, you can check out these from Red Cup Living.) That said, if your tailgating party just won’t be the same without the classic Solo cups, reuse them as much as you can, and then remember to recycle them.