Recycle scheme boosts charities.
More than 20,000 tonnes of waste from homes in the borough was recycled between April 2005 and March 2006.
This total, of 19.8%, exceeded the target of 18%, and rubbish chiefs put the success down to the Kerb-it scheme.
Householders can win pounds 100 in MetroCentre vouchers by using their recycling boxes and for every tonne of waste recycled, pounds 1 is donated to charity.
This scheme has now raised more than pounds 19,500 for good causes, including the North East Air Ambulance, the Salvation Army and Tiny Lives ( a charity supporting the Special Baby Care Unit at the RVI.
Gateshead councillor Michael McNestry said: "We are delighted to have exceeded the target set for us this year ( it shows that local residents really are aware of the impact of waste on our environment.
"The next Government target set for us for 2008 is 20 percent ( we're comfortable that local residents will help us to meet that.
"We recently invested further in green waste recycling by introducing it to another 5,000 households and we are piloting paper collections from some of our high rise properties."