27 Mar Red Solo Cups and Diesel
File this one under OOPS. Yesterday Dave went to drain the Racor filter and grabbed a red Solo cup to do so.
Great; it was the perfect size to fit the space in the engine compartment. He even made a comment about how much easier it was than the bottle he’d used the previous time.
After draining the Racor (mostly diesel fuel), Dave set the cup down in a drink holder while he put things back together in the engine compartment.
Five minutes later he spotted diesel fuel on the cockpit floor. Tracing it back, he found that the diesel had eaten holes in the bottom of the cup.
We won’t make that mistake again.The Solo cups have a recycling number 6 stamped in the bottom, I assume that any cups with a number six would be a problem. In a quick Google search, it turns out that #6 plastics are styrofoam and its relatives (polystyrene).
Hmm, I knew that styrofoam melted easily with many chemicals, I just didn’t realize that red Solo cups were made from “styrofoam.”