Rubbish way to help children.
Abitibi Bowater Recycling Europe pledged to donate pounds 1 to Save the Children for every tonne collected from its work nationwide.
And thanks to the residents of Redcar, pounds 10,500 has been raised over the past 18 months, to help poor and neglected children around the globe.
The council's cabinet member for the environment Councillor Sylvia Szintai said: "It's always pleasing to be able to hand over such a big amount to such a worthwhile cause - and it's doubly satisfying to know that it's been made possible by the green efforts of our residents."
Since its link-up with Redcar and Cleveland Council in 2003, Abitibi Bowater has collected 32,500 tonnes in glass, cans and paper from the kerbside.
Abitibi's regional manager Lennie Corrigan said: "The Save the Children scheme represents a win-win situation for Redcar & Cleveland's recyclers.
"On the one hand they are doing something that benefits the environment, while on the other every tonne they recycle raises much needed funds."
The cheque was presented to Save The Children's Guisborough-based fundraising volunteer Tim Aked.
Save The Children's Northern community fundraising executive Paul Grundy said: "The money will be going to help children in greatest need."
CHARITY CLEANS UP:Save The Children volunteer Tim Aked, left, Cllr Sylvia Szintai and Norman Bowstead of Abitibi Bowater show where the money has come from Picture by PETER BENN