About us

At Koppers Recovery, our goal is to help you find the best disposal solution for your wood waste stream. We have an expert team on hand that will analyze your situation and work with you to find the best disposal option—one that fits within your budget parameters, as well as meets your sustainability goals. We understand the pros and cons of each unique method—given your particular situation—and our unbiased recommendation is based solely on your need, and what's in your company's best interest.

New Poles + Disposal = Cost Effective Solutions

The seamless integration of Koppers Utility and Industrial Products new wood pole products with Koppers Recovery’s disposal services provides utilities the ability to work with a single vendor throughout the useful life of a pole. In addition to implementing more turnkey new pole/disposal practices, utilities who take this approach also achieve significant savings in new pole and/or disposal pricing through more efficient use of logistics.


Utilities can also profit from our comprehensive pole maintenance programs. Koppers Utility Services focuses on the maintenance of wooden utility poles. Benefits of a maintenance program can include prolonging the life of your assets, reducing failures or outages, improving reliability, and more efficiently deploying line crews, all of which combine to optimize your overall system costs. With a range of inspection, treatment, and maintenance services offered, Koppers Utility Services works with you to develop a program driven by your needs and your budget.


Koppers is the only company that manufactures new poles, maintains them while in use, and responsibly disposes of them at the end of their useful life. Our goal is to deliver an all-encompassing solution that maximizes the cost and efficiencies of your pole usage by delivering a turnkey program at every key stage: delivery, usage, maintenance and recovery.

Quick facts about disposal of treated wood in the U.S.


The three major chemical wood preservatives are: pentachlorophenol (penta), creosote, and chromated copper arsenate (CCA)


The projected amount CCA-treated poles will represent in pole waste stream within 15 years—up from current 10%


The number of states in the U.S. with less than 20 years of remaining landfill space


The average internal labor cost for a utility to cut and move 1 ton of pole material to a dumpster for subsequent landfilling


The total amount of cut pole material that a typical 30 yard dumpster carries


The typical amount landfill tipping fees represent of a utility's total disposal cost