Airedale Computers is probably one of the most successful Social Enterprises in Yorkshire. Read about us below or click 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. We also provide many much sought after work experience placements for all our local schools. We provide Traineeships for school leavers and apprenticeships with Level 3 IT qualifications and vendor qualifications from Microsoft and Cisco. Most of our apprentices are headhunted by a major computer company.
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.
We host visits (from all over the world) by people who come here to learn about computer recycling or just about running very successful social enterprise. Many similar operations have begun after visits to our facility.
Development Manager Keith Sorrell is an experienced speaker for conferences and workshops on WEEE standards, computer recycling, regional networking and promoting social enterprise both for Airedale Computer Recycling and the Regional Electronics Initiative (REI). Keith has several informative and entertaining presentations of 20 minutes that really show what Social Enterprise has to offer, especially in the waste sector
Chairing the REI
We are founding members of the Regional Electronics Initiative and Keith serves as its Chairman. The REI is an accredited network of many similar facilities from the north of England, who share best practise and resources and all work to a common Code of Conduct.
Keith has provided some mentoring of businesses for BusinessLink where he visits businesses and provides guidance and advice.
Shows and exhibitions
Keith attends and exhibits at shows for Yorkshire businesses, local authorities and organisations who are dedicated to waste reduction and social value.
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.
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.
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.