It made me think, how about I perform an autopsy on one of those Muni Limited Tickets made of paper? One person was able to take a photo showing the guts underneath the paper, but I wanted to see the insides for myself.
Here's what I started with:
I found this leftover card on Monday with no value and decided to simply soak it in a glass of water. In a matter of minutes, the water penetrated the paper layers and I started peeling it off little by little. The way it was constructed is a sturdy piece of paper on both sides, and sandwiched in between is the RFID technology.
Here's what it looks like after peeling off the layers and rinsing it clean:
There's a reason why Muni can't recycle these, it's because the RFID layer is not recyclable.
Since I did wash off the paper layers and bent it a few times, I likely destroyed the card for future use. But it was a cool experiment!