Personal Devices: Computer Equipment/Data Recycling

Who can use it?

BGSU Faculty, Staff, Students, Community Members

What is it?

One of the most common ways that sensitive information is breached is the result of computer users not properly disposing of data when they are finished using it (e.g., getting a new computer, leaving confidential records on removable media like CD-ROM or USB). Simply hitting the “delete” key usually does not completely remove the data from a hard drive; with the proper technique, data remnants can easily be retrieved.

There are only two guaranteed methods of completely eliminating data from devices. The first is to use special software to “wipe” or “sanitize” the device. The second is to physically destroy the device beyond reconstruction.

More information on recycling computers and their accessories.

Where to get it?

Due to sensitive nature, media for destruction must be submitted in-person, to the Technology Support Center (TSC). This includes electronic media, computer equipment, or paper documents for secure shredding. Under special circumstances we will work with you to pick up items for destruction. To schedule drop-offs outside of posted hours or schedule pickup service, please contact the TSC.

How to use it?

Use the information below to determine if your data or equipment is acceptable for recycling or destroying. If your item(s) meet the requirements, please bring them to the Technology Support Center.

Wiping & Destroying Data

This service will fulfill any BGSU affiliate’s need for erasing or destruction of sensitive data and recycling of aged materials. 

Recycling Equipment

This service will also provide recycling capabilities for personally owned devices. A BGSU affiliate may bring in their used computer and accessories for proper disposal.

View a List of Equipment Allowed for Recycling, Wiping & Data Destruction

How much does it cost?

There are no costs associated with this service.