About us

Airedale Computers
is probably one of the most successful Social Enterprises in Yorkshire. Read about us below or click one of these links to go directly to your desired page.

Airedale Computer Recycling
This innovative and multi award-winning project is based in Airedale, a village in Castleford, West Yorkshire. It was developed out of a desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Since its inception in January 2002, we have worked hard to provide support where it's most needed. We retrain long-term unemployed people and return them into the job market. The project expanded rapidly and we now have three retail shops and a very efficient recycling facility, all to support our registered charity Chrysalis who run THE HUT, a Sports & Community Centre in Airedale.


We have won many environmental awards, a few social enterprise awards, a regeneration award, a couple of community awards, numerous business awards, a very prestigious award for excellence in recycling and one final award of appreciation for our fantastic charitable work.


We use the donated equipment for vocational retraining of long-term unemployed, disabled or disadvantaged people. We provide volunteers and college students with hands-on practical training towards their IT qualifications. 


Free Computers
Many refurbished computers are made available free of charge to local charities, social enterprise, voluntary organisations and other good causes especially involving children. We maintain a wall-of-fame in our Airedale shop featuring photographs of many of the good causes we have helped.


Low Cost Computers
Many computers are made available at low cost into the local community, either through our three local retail shops or from our website shop and ebay shop.  Many computers go to other traders helping to sustain employment of staff and thereby the local economy.


We provide a repair service (sometimes free of charge for good causes) where a full format and reinstall costs only £40. Virus removal from as little as £25. 


Our downstream service partners are selected from their particular fields of speciality to ensure maximum recycling rates for all equipment channelled into materials reclamation. Everything has a value and nothing goes to waste and no waste is exported.


Yorkshire TV Adverts
We have created 2 television adverts to increase brand awareness in Yorkshire. The first aired in 2007 and the second which added a small segment about our sister Social Enterprise, Airedale Car Clinic, in 2008.

BBC News
When the United Nations put a call out for the world to recycle computers to save on landfill and natural resources, the BBC news team came to us for a reply from the industry. Breakfast News reporter, Jules Botfield looked into this from Airedale Computer Recycling in West Yorkshire.  Jules spoke to Keith Sorrell and Jamie Spall, from Airedale Computer Recycling, John Snowden from Wakefield MDC and Simon Bowens from Friends of the Earth.


Microsoft Registered Refurbisher
Airedale Computer Recycling is one of only a few Microsoft Registered Refurbishing Organisations within West Yorkshire. We are registered with Microsoft under their refurbisher programme to supply Microsoft Windows licenses on low cost computers to the general public and to Eligible Charitable Organisations, Eligible Academic Users, and other Specially Approved Recipients.


ICER Accreditations
We are one of a small handful of refurbishers in Yorkshire that achieved ICER accreditation (Industry Council for Electronics Recycling) the industry’s highest accolade at the time.


Environment Agency Licensing
We hold EA Waste Carriers, Transporters, Dealers & Brokers Exemptions.  
We have T11 WEEE Refurbishers Exemption 
We have EA hazardous waste premises registration. 

We adhere to Environment Agency Hazardous Waste Consignment Note Regulations and provide all the required documentation for our clients to ensure their compliance with the WEEE Directives and Duty of Care Regulations.


And if all that wasn't enough, all our profits go to the registered charity Chrysalis Youth & Community Project to help them achieve their aims of providing sports and community facilities local young people through THE HUT in Airedale.



Opening hours
contact info:


01977  329442

(Mon-Fri 9.15AM-4.45PM | Sat 9.15AM-3.45PM)



01977  520149

(Mon-Fri 9.15AM-4.45PM | Sat 9AM-4PM)



01977  736283

(Mon-Thu 9.15AM-4.45PM | Sat Closed

Friday 9am-5PM) 




(Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM | Sat closed)

Recent News:


Feb 2020

Windows 7 has come to an end!

Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies". As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe.  Keep Reading...


Jan 2020

Bad Rabbit Ransomware.

The latest strain of ransomware “Bad Rabbit” began spreading across Russia and Ukraine yesterday, there have also been various reports of “Bad Rabbit” infections in Turkey, Bulgaria, Japan, Germany, Poland, South Korea and the United States. Keep Reading...


Dec 2019

Microsoft Release XP Update to ward off next NHS Attack.

Remember the encryption virus  called  "Wannacry" that hit 75,000 computers and nearly devastated the NHS last month......?  Well there's 3 more on the way, called "EsteemAudit, ExplodingCan, and EnglishmanDentist" which have been released by the same Shadow Brokers hacker group. Keep Reading...


Nov 2019

Your Antivirus May Be Letting

You Down.

The best way to avoid a computer virus is by using common sense, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be safe from attack. Even the most careful user can find themselves infected in an instant and spreading the virus faster than a sneeze in flu season. It’s why antivirus software is still the first package we install on all systems – because you never know when you’ll be attacked. But should you choose free or paid antivirus?

. Keep Reading...


Oct 2019

Yes, We have a shop in Airedale.

We had 3 people in one day that stated they did not know we actually had a shop at the computer recycling centre on Stansfield Road in Airedale, so I posted a few pics and here's a simple youtube video of the computer display.  Keep Reading.. 



Sep 2019

Is Your Laptop Running Slow?

Then let our technicians perform the ultimate speed-up. We can remove your laptops slow hard drive and fit it into a caddy, that can then be used as your backup drive, by plugging it into any usb port.   Keep Reading..


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