Since ‘War on Waste’ informed us of the inability of most disposable coffee cups to be recycled, our staff are still finding the convenience tempting. So, I decided to explore this myself with a group of keen students. We soaked a maccas cup for a week to soften the paper component of the cup with the aim to remove the plastic coating. Failed. So, we recommend to BYO a coffee cup or only source Biocups.
Left is the plastic with adhered paper, on the right, 50% of the paper recovered that could be recycled.