A CHARITY in Sheffield has been honoured for its achievements in recycling.
Access Space is a city-centre based charity that encourages people to rebuild and reuse old computers they might otherwise throw away.
The organisation was among 10 groups and individuals honoured at the 2011 Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards, narrowly beating fellow nominee, internet recycling group Sheffield Freegle, to scoop the Recycling Award.
Access Space spokesman James Wallbank said: “We run a centre where people can come to reuse computers, improve them and learn loads about the technology.
“We’ve been working on linking together ‘reuse’ and ‘learning’ and it means so much to be recognised by this body of awards.”
Sheffield Telegraph recognised Access Space for its outstanding work in ‘advancing the education of the public in information technology, assisting unemployed people to see work and promoting visual arts’.
“The awards are now in their fifth year,” said Sheffield Telegraph editor David Todd.
“It is our hope they continue to highlight environmental issues locally and recognise the people who are doing such good work on behalf of us all.”
Other winners on the night included Friends of the Porter Valley, Heeley City Farm and Rivelin Valley Conservation Group.
“There are some fantastic projects here and awards like this are so critical for us,” said Access Space chairman, Mike Hodson.
“The recognition is a great thing, but more important than that, it gives the issues a platform and hopefully we will see more people getting involved in these projects as a result.”
n See the Sheffield Telegraph tomorrow for a full report of the awards.