BGSU Data Destruction & Recycling


What equipment can Information Technology Services (ITS) recycle, wipe and destroy?


Who can use it the service?

BGSU Faculty, Staff, Students, and community members free of charge.

Wiping and Destroying Data

This service will fulfill any BGSU affiliate’s need for erasing or destruction of sensitive data and recycling of aged materials. For digital media that may contain University data, it is important to follow the document retention timelines designated by your office's Records Retention Schedule. For more information, see the Records Retention Schedule section on the University Archives website.

All of the following types of electronic media can be brought to the Data Destruction & Recycling Service:

  • Hard drives (IDE, SCSI, SATA)
  • USB flash drives
  • CD/DVDs
  • Media cards
  • Tapes

Note: Due to the potential sensitive nature of the data, media for destruction must be submitted in person. 

The main objective for hard drives will be to format the media by DoD (Department of Defense) standards, but, if this option is not viable, the drives will be destroyed. USB drives will be erased or destroyed depending on need. All CDs, DVDs, and tapes will be destroyed. Upon request, a Certificate of Destruction can be provided once the the drives have been destroyed.

Note: The erasing process destroys all data and programs on the device. Operating system and application software will need to be reinstalled after the procedure.

High volume paper shredding will be provided by BGSU's shredding vendor scheduled by the University Records Manager. Please contact for further details on this service.

Drop Off

Equipment can be dropped off at ITS in 110 Hayes Hall Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. 

Recycling Equipment

Recycling capabilities are for university devices and personal devices of BGSU affiliated persons. The following equipment will be accepted:

  • Computers
  • Monitors 
  • Peripherals: mice, keyboards, external devices
  • Printers
  • Cellular phones

Due to limited storage space, only single computers may be dropped off. If larger quantity disposal is needed, please contact ITS.

For additional assistance, please contact Information Technology Services at 419-372-0999 or through chat.

100% helpful - 2 reviews


Article ID: 8071
Mon 8/3/15 2:05 PM
Fri 6/19/20 2:40 PM