The Premier Waste Management (PWM)-run Kerb-It collects from seven councils in the region and reached the 50,000 tonnes mark in two years. It then took the initiative just half that time to double its haul.
PWM director Gary Whitehead said: I think it shows that household recycling is really beginning to take off in the North East. We could do better but we are now improving all the time.
The people who recycle in the areas are responsible for preventing 100,000 tonnes of waste from being buried at landfill sites in the North East and I think they should be very proud of that fact.
After launching in 2003, the scheme covers Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Easington, Chester le Street, Durham City and Sedgfield which equates to around 1,000,000 residents.
While all glass, cans and paper collected is made into new objects, the success is also good news for local charities.
The company has pledged to donate £1 to charity for every tonne of waste recycled, meaning that organisations such as the Great North Air Ambulance, the NSPCC, the Salvation Army and various church, youth and retired persons groups have benefited to the tune of £100,000.