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.
- 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
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 vendorsBeing 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
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.
InterConnection fully complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations in handling used computer equipment. We export no electronic waste.
We design our practices and procedures to prevent harmful releases to the environment and minimize the total waste generated through our operations.
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.
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.