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Could Toilet Paper Machine Save New Jersey Workers?

City workers in Newark, New Jersey, are facing a toilet paper shortage, but could this novel machine save the day?

City workers in Newark, New Jersey, are facing a toilet paper shortage, but could this novel machine save the day?

Friday, July 30, 2010 0:35 GMT

TOKYO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The city budget in Newark, New Jersey, is in the toilet, but things don’t have to get so crappy.

Mayor Cory Booker recently announced that the cash- strapped city will have to cut back on everything to offset their deficit – including toilet paper for city workers.

This got FlashNews thinking about a solution for the TP shortage, which may lie in Japan’s novel “White Goat” machine, a device that recycles scrap office paper into toilet paper.

Shigeki Hara of Nakabayashi Co., Ltd., a company that sells White Goat, says the device can produce two toilet paper rolls per hour.

That’s 48 rolls of soft, plushy, two-ply in a 24-hour day.

While this could take a load off the doodie dilemma, Hara isn’t sure it’s totally practical.

Hara says the machine costs $100,000 – way more than the price of keeping TP stocked.

So while White Goat isn’t efficient enough to work for Newark just yet, future improvements on it may change that someday.

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