The best place to find free telephone poles, or at least pick up a lot of poles cheaply, is from utility companies. According to Used Poles, utility companies regularly replace old poles and either sell them wholesale or ship them to a recycler. The website of Best Energy News provides a comprehensive list of electric utility businesses that may be contacted.
Used telephone poles can be used for a wide range of constructions, including fence posts, fences, pole barns, beam replacements, sign poles, retaining walls, sign poles, piers, docks, livestock fencing, corral holding pens, horse stalls, and sea walls, according to the Ace Trading Post of San Antonio, Texas.
Reusing and recycling telephone poles can save building costs and the planet’s carbon imprint, according to the utility pole supplier. Used poles up to 25 feet long are available at Ace Trading Post for $2 to $5 per foot. More than $5 is charged for longer poles per foot.
The company claims that whereas poles for fence posts typically cost $3 per foot, poles for pole barns often sell for $4 per foot. It is usually only advised to use older, bleached-out poles for landscaping or hardscaping projects. The business also offers custom-cut building materials made from telephone poles.
National Salvage and Service Corporation is another supplier of telephone poles, and it is based in Bloomington, Indiana. For Duke Energy, the business recycles about 96 percent of the wood scrap and poles.