Plastic Cups Put in Recycling Cart/Bin Recycle plastic cups only if they are empty and labeled plastic #1 through plastic #7. No need to rinse with water. If they are labeled “compostable,” put them in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Purchase Reusable Cups Red Cup Living makes a reusable cup that looks like the classic red Solo® cups. Consider purchasing these cups as an alternative to the disposable cup, in order to reduce your plastic waste. Did You Know? Plastic #6 Is Difficult to Recycle The United States throws away enough plastic cups and disposable dinnerware to wrap around the Earth three hundred times if stacked together. Why can’t these plastics cups be recycled? Solo cups are made from polystyrene, or plastic #6, which is not recycled by most cities. Plastic in Our Bodies Styrene, a component of polystyrene, has been found in 100 percent of human fat tissue samples dating back to 1986. It is known to cause cancer in animals, and suspected to be both cancerous and a neurotoxin for humans. Find out more from EJnet.org.