R2 (Responsible Recycling) & ISO 14001 CERTIFIED

InterConnection was the first nonprofit in the U.S. to gain R2 and ISO14001 certification status. These certifications ensure we don't export electronic waste, we only ship fully-refurbished computers, and we meet the highest standards for electronics recycling and reuse.

Certifications Ensure 100% Peace-of-Mind

Certifications are what protects organizations from the environmental, business and legal risks that are inherent with disposing of old IT equipment. The leading certifications in the electronics recycling industry are R2 and ISO14001. To ensure zero liability for our corporate surplus computer donors InterConnection maintains both of these rigorous standards.

CERTIFICATIONS ENSURE:

  • No materials are exported to other countries illegally.
  • A system of accountability is in place for all materials accepted, all the way to final disposition.
  • Data security is a top priority.
  • The highest electronics recycling industry standards and best practices are adhered to.
  • We are an industry leader in operations, safety, and environmental performance
R2 Certificate

Responsible Recycling© Standard (R2)

Using a R2 certified recycler ensures 100% peace of mind.

R2 (short for Responsible Recycling Standard) requires responsible management of electronic materials through the entire recycling process, prohibits illegal export of materials, and ensures recycling processes are safe and secure.

The R2 standard requires InterConnection to adhere to the highest industry standards and best practices in areas such as data security, environmental responsibility in the U.S. and abroad, operations and safety, accountability, and tracking e-waste to its final destination.

Down-stream vendors

Being R2 certified also means, that we must ensure that all our down stream vendors meet the same rigorous requirements and fulfill the same responsibilities as us.

R2 ensures prohibits vendors from exporting toxic materials to countries that have enacted laws making their import illegal.

Read more about Responsible Recycling© Standard (R2) here: r2solutions.org

ISO14001 Certificate

ISO 14001:2004

In order to achieve ISO14001:2004 certification, InterConnection has developed and implemented a series of practices and procedures, which, together with R2, make up a rigorous Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS).

The ISO 14001 standard requires that a community or organization put in place and implement a series of practices and procedures that, when taken together, result in an environmental management system. ISO 14001 is not a technical standard and as such does not in any way replace technical requirements embodied in statutes or regulations. It also does not set prescribed standards of performance for organizations.

InterConnection was audited by Orion Registrar, Inc., an independent third-party auditor accredited by ANAB, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, and is officially recommended for both Responsible Recycling© Standard (R2) and ISO14001:2004.

InterConnection's Environmental Policy

InterConnection conserves natural resources and reduces waste by refurbishing surplus computer equipment for reuse.

Compliance

InterConnection fully complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations in handling used computer equipment. We export no electronic waste.

Prevention

We design our practices and procedures to prevent harmful releases to the environment and minimize the total waste generated through our operations.

Improvement

InterConnection continually improves our processing of surplus computer equipment by regularly evaluating how well our environmental goals are met and making necessary changes to improve our performance.

Communication

The InterConnection Environmental Policy is included in the orientation for all new employees and volunteers, and is posted on our website and at our facility for all.

Other certifications, practices and regulations

In addition to the above certifications, InterConnection is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher; registered with Ecology to meet certain performance standards defined in WAC 173-900-450; part of the Take it Back Network, where members must meet export restrictions, provide certificates of recycling, produce quarterly reports, provide certificates of insurance, and allow site visits for inspections; and a member of the National Association for Information Destruction.

InterConnection's constant pursuance of environmental and data safety standards represents a unique and transparent approach to e-waste and data safety.

OHSAS18001 Certificate

OHSAS18001:2007

OHSAS 18001:2007 is an integral part of InterConnection’s Environmental, Health and Safety Management System. OHSAS18001:2007 focuses on health and safety risks and hazards, and InterConnection has established, documented, implemented, maintains and continually improves a health and safety management system in accordance with the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007.

Using a variety of methods, we have also determined how to fulfill all of the requirements while adding value to our business and improving the employee and customer experience.

As an electronics recycler we review our system annually and update it as needed. InterConnection is audited by an external, independent and ANAB accredited body annually.

Goals

InterConnection has analyzed risks and hazards throughout the organization and established written procedures to ensure compliance with OHSAS as well as health and safety goals to further continual improvement.

Continual Improvement

Our system is based on a "Plan-Do-Check-Act" model for continual improvement. This model gives all employees throughout our organization a means to improving our current safety management system.

Controls

We have defined controls for:

  • Ensuring compliance to appropriate health and safety legal requirements
  • A program to identify hazards and an assessment of potential on-site occupational risks
  • A plan for responding to and reporting exceptional releases, accidents, spills, fires, explosions, and other out-of-the-ordinary events which pose risks to worker safety, public health