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Airedale Computers

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. 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 gained numerous environmental awards over the years along with excellence in recycling awards and have been named Social;l Enterprise of the Year many times. We have also been awarded certificates of distinction for our charitable achievements and objectives


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 enterprises, 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 in 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 the 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 specialty to ensure maximum recycling rates for all equipment channeled 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 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 landfills 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 program to supply Microsoft Windows licenses on low-cost computers to the general public and 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 community facilities, alternative education, and training to local young communities