According to reports by local media, the city workers of Littleton, Colorado have taken to using toilet paper to repair cracks discovered in ‘over 120 road surfaces’ around town.
Official report that the toilet was applied with a paint roller over freshly laid tar used to fill asphalt cracks. The paper absorbs the oil from the tar as it dries, keeping it from sticking to pedestrian’s shoes or car and bike tires. The biodegradable paper is said to break down soon and ‘disappear’ after a few days.
A spokesperson told local media that ‘the toilet paper allows traffic to retake the road more quickly’. However, some local residents have spoken out about the practice, labelling it as ‘absurd’ and ‘a waste of resources’. “We have starving children in Africa, and the city is filling our roads with toilet paper?” said one angry resident. “They should be using asphalt.”
Other commentators from abroad who left their thoughts on the story thought it was a creative use for toilet paper. “In my country, toilet paper is mainly used during defecation,” wrote one social media user from Yemen. His comment received over 2,000 likes before it was deleted.