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    Question Recycling old wooden power poles??

    I have noticed lately in my area that OGE is moving poles back from the roadway about 5-10 ft to make way for road widening. My question is why can't they recycle the old power poles? After they bury a new pole and run the OGE line they hack the top off and leave the phone lines. Then when ATT moves their lines they chop it up like a tree. Can they not pull the poles out and reuse them? Seems costly to keep buying new poles if they could just move the old ones.

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    Default Re: Recycling old wooden power poles??

    Those wooden poles were treated with creosote or something equally toxic. There is no inexpensive way to remove the chemicals, so they usually end up in a landfill.

    I think moving is inefficient because they only have a certain life span and they probably don't want to run new installations on old poles.

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