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Councils Classified Documents Safe with Cannon

17 March 2011

Cannon Confidential, one of the UK’s leading confidential waste destruction businesses has secured a contract with Halton Borough Council (HBC) for the secure disposal of its confidential waste, despite strong competition from 15 rival bidders via The Chest - the North West's Local Authority Procurement Portal.

Halton Borough council encompasses both Runcorn and Widnes. The contract has been signed initially for a year and includes the destruction of all classified paper waste.
Lorraine Cox, Head of Procurement from Halton Borough Council said, "With the council servicing almost 118,000 people in the area, we deal with a lot of highly confidential information and we needed a company that was able to flexible and be able to dispose of our paperwork efficiently and securely. We were impressed with Cannon’s transparent cradle to grave approach to the collection; destruction and recycling of confidential waste paper. In addition to this Cannon’s sustainability targets on Co2 emissions, paperless office, carbon footprint and consolidated invoices were impressive."
The council were particularly impressed by the use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) by Cannon staff. After each collection from the council, the Cannon drivers ask a council representative to sign the PDA which then sends data to a software system, producing a soft copy Destruction Certificate. Council staff can also access the certificate online via their own unique password and log on name.
With more than 10 years of experience, Cannon Confidential is a nationwide service operated from five strategically located collection depots and a shredding capacity of 45,000 tonnes of waste paper per annum. As well as paper items, Cannon can ensure the effective destruction of electronic data including video tapes, audio tapes, computer discs and CDs, credit cards, electronics, counterfeit items and branded goods.

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