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Canada's utility pole infrastructure to be upgraded to smart city green poles

As part of the urban infrastructure agreement between Nokia and Greener Acres Canada, smart city green poles will be produced from nearly 50,000 tons of e-waste collected annually in Ontario.

The programme will divert tons of e-waste away from landfill
The programme will divert tons of e-waste away from landfill

Nokia and Greener Acres Canada are collaborating on an intelligent infrastructure programme across Canada which will include the creation of smart city green poles from nearly 50,000 tons of recycled e-waste collected annually in Ontario.


An estimated four million poles will power smart cities and broadband communications across the country.


Diverting waste


As people upgrade their phones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles, and other electronic items, Jeff Yurek, minister of the environment, conservation and parks, Ontario, said we need to find new ways to keep e-waste out of landfills and reduce its impact on our environment.


He added: “Nokia and Greener Acres have come up with a very exciting plan to turn this waste into a new resource for building smart cities that will benefit all Canadians and support a circular economy.”


Greener Acres said it is committed to developing, producing and introducing technologies that divert waste from landfill and can be used to produce sustainable products. Using special manufacturing techniques, it plans to produce up to 1,000 smart city green poles a day.

“We need to find new ways to keep e-waste out of landfills and reduce its impact on our environment”

“While we are a small Ontario-based business, we have big plans to change the status quo on e-waste – turning waste into our smart green poles,” said Meni Mancini, president and director, Greener Acres Canada. “Due to its strong presence in Ontario and as a leader in connecting the world, Nokia is the right partner as we embark on this endeavour to eliminate waste by diverting it from landfill, supporting the circular economy while enabling cities across Canada to become smart cities and towns.”


Networking equipment, software and services company Nokia will be able to use the next-generation smart pole infrastructure to deploy new smart city services, including high-speed broadband connectivity. The poles will also be able to host applications in areas such as smart lighting, smart parking, transit, traffic signals, wastewater and more.


“We’re excited to be part of the solution for recycling e-waste that would previously fill up landfills into these next-generation smart green poles that will bring high-speed internet to even more people and power new city services,” said Shawn Sparling, head of enterprise and public sector, Nokia Canada. “Collaborating with Greener Acres aligns with our history of innovation at our R&D facilities in Ottawa and our corporate commitment to sustainability.”


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