Issaquah, WA – Beginning today, CleanScapes is accepting unwanted computers and electronics for charitable donation at CleanScapes’ “Rethinking Stuff” store and customer service center in Issaquah’s Gilman Village. In a new partnership, all items will be delivered to InterConnection where hard drives are erased using U.S. Department of Defense protocol. Reusable computers are refurbished and will benefit non-profit organizations and low-income families while unusable computers are recycled.
“CleanScapes is proud to partner with InterConnection, the leading non-profit computer refurbisher in the Pacific Northwest,” said CleanScapes store manager Brenda DeVore. ”We believe in the benefits of reuse, not only from an environmental standpoint, but also from a social standpoint and InterConnection’s certifications provide total piece of mind when it comes to data destruction, refurbishment and responsible recycling.”
Every year, more than 50 million computers are recycled or sent to a landfill. InterConnection refurbishes and reuses more than half of the computers they receive. In 2012 alone, the non-profit’s high quality refurbished laptops, tablets and desktops benefitted more than 800 non-profit organizations nationwide and helped thousands of low-income families and students in the Puget Sound area. Electronics that can not be reused are responsibly recycled in accordance with certified standards and practices.
“Our partnership with CleanScapes is yet another step in the right direction when it comes to reusing computers and putting them in the hands of those who need them most,” said InterConnections founder and Director, Charles Brennick. “Hundreds of low-income families and non-profits will benefit from this partnership. We are excited to see CleanScapes on the leading edge of reuse and sustainability. Their new store concept is a perfect match for our organization.”
As a part of this new program, CleanScapes and InterConnection will be accepting used desktops, laptops, tablets and other electronics. The CleanScapes store is located at 317 NW Gilman Road, Issaquah, WA 98027. All donations are tax deductible and will be used to support InterConnection’s technology access programs.
InterConnection.org is a Seattle-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to create opportunity for underserved people and communities around the world through computer ReUse. Over the last 10 years InterConnection.org has shipped over 33,000 donated computers to non-profits and individuals in need in Africa, Asia, South America, across the U.S. and in the Puget Sound area. Companies both large and small as well as individuals donate their surplus laptops, tablets, desktops and other computer related electronics to fuel this mission. Recent computer donors to InterConnection.org include Adobe, Alaska Airlines, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CB Richard Ellis, CenturyLink, Real Networks, Microsoft, Nintendo, Lane Powell, PATH, and Vulcan. InterConnection is the first non-profit in the U.S. to achieve both ISO14001 and Responsible Recycling certificates which are a testament to the nonprofit’s constant pursuance of industry leading environmental and data safety standards which represent a unique and transparent approach to e-waste and data safety.
CleanScapes is the trusted partner for communities seeking to enhance residential and commercial vitality by providing innovative streetscape maintenance, recycling and solid waste services. CleanScapes was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1997, and currently provides sustainable solid waste and recycling collection to the communities of Seattle, Shoreline, Issaquah, Des Moines and Carnation. The CleanScapes Store is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday noon to 5pm.
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