Red Solo Cup! You P*** Me Off!

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

Now, why would I be ranting not only about an awesome party song, as well as a veritable icon of recreational fun?

Because a visitor to my neighbor's house (you may recall I live on an itsy bitsy 3 home cul-de-sac, so I can Gladys Kravits easily) attempted to put several Red Solo Cups in my recycling bin this AM.

What's the beef? He's recycling you say.


Yes, they are a #6 plastic, which is not a recyclable plastic. Only 1-3, and under special circumstances are 4&5 recyclable in most curbside recycling collections.


Please, correctly reuse your Red Solo Cups for future partying!

Here's the clean version of the song, if you want the unedited version, you know how to find it.


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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via  for Jacksonville and area listings!



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Kim Carlson 480-993-9384 - Mesa, AZ
Valley of the Sun Realtor, Seller Specialist

Good Morning Carol, maybe you could talk to the person and let him know your feelings so he doesn't do that again. Win/Win!

Mar 27, 2012 01:27 AM #1
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I'd never heard that song before.  Maybe the visitor didn't know the recycling rules--and you gave me a great idea for a future post.

Mar 27, 2012 01:31 AM #2
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Kim - I did, through my kitchen window...think I scared him, but I told him they weren't recyclable and he should find another place to dispose of them....

Mar 27, 2012 01:31 AM #3
Michael J. Gallo
Florida Luxury Realty - New Port Richey, FL
Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team

I had no idea they were not recyclable.  We have family or friends over almost every weekend for poolside cookouts and we hand out Solo Cups BUT we wash those bad boys and reuse them until they crack.  I was just being Frugal..turns out I helped the enviroment too.

Mar 27, 2012 02:02 AM #4
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I didn't know you could only put certain kinds of plastic in recycle bins. I wish our County would wake up to the benefit of recycling, but they haven't. For now, we haul our trash to the dump site and all "household" trash goes into the same bin. Things like appliances, metal, and wood have a separate space and I think they are doing something to recycle them. I hope so.

Mar 27, 2012 04:07 AM #5
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Carol I am glad you let your neighbor know right away your dissatisfaction.  Don't let those things fester.  I will trade you your red cup dispenser for my neighbor who drops their dog's poop bag at the end of our driveway.  Jeez.

Mar 27, 2012 10:13 AM #6
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Norma: Maybe he didn't know; since this post I have learned a large number of people really do not know what they can and what they cannot recycle.

Michael: Congrats on being both frugal and environmental! 

Marte: I forget how fortunate I am to have curbside recycling pickup; my friend has a house on Nantucket, and she has to do the same as you; except they have to use clear garbage bags, and if the dump police see ONE recyclable, the whole bag must be emptied with the one item removed...

Larry: I have since thought of what is probably a more suitable post title...sorry, it obviously hit a nerve yesterday morning. Why don't you relocate your neighbor's "gifts" to his front porch?????

Mar 27, 2012 07:40 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Ms. Carol~ people have their certain things they can come unglued on.  I have several and so does the wife so we just don't pull each others trigger.  Some people have no common sense and this sound like one of them or they just don't care.

Mar 27, 2012 07:51 PM #8
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Carol.  I do have the same complaint as Larry.  Irresponsible people are everywhere.

Mar 27, 2012 08:53 PM #9
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

You go girl! Unfortunately, there are neighbors like you have, everywhere. Hopefully at some point you can have a breakthrough with them.

Mar 28, 2012 11:09 AM #10
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

James: Very true. It did inspire me to have someone come talk to our local Realtor group about what can and cannot be recycled, since I've learned many do not really know.

Conrad: I know, why do they have to hang out with my neighbor???

Joe: I know.....


Mar 31, 2012 01:29 AM #11
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Using someone else's trash cans?  Really?  Unbelievable!

Apr 01, 2012 12:23 AM #12
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Kathy: Happens all the time, I've learned.

Apr 01, 2012 09:21 PM #13
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

In my not so humble opinion, plastic that cannot be recycled should not be produced!!!!

Apr 01, 2012 11:59 PM #14
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Barbara-Jo: I agree with you, but unfortunately, many non-recyclable plastics are manufactured.....

Apr 02, 2012 12:15 AM #15
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Nice post Carol, we got to learn something new and get entertained too.

Apr 02, 2012 03:11 AM #16
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Carol ...He probably thought he was doing something right ...most people who recycle need to learn all they can before they start!  Nice post!

Apr 03, 2012 10:12 PM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

You certainly are proving to be a source for information needed by all.  I did not know that the red cups could not be recycled. 

Great post.

Apr 04, 2012 01:26 AM #18
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

I agree that if it is not possible to break it down it should be unlawful to make...other countries have huge recycling costs built into the production if they do not meet re-cycling guidelines...what is wrong with the U.S.- Profit!

Apr 12, 2012 09:07 PM #19
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