Information Security Office

Data Destruction & Recycling Service

Services Offered


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)
  • Floppy/Zip disks
  • 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. To schedule drop-offs outside of posted hours or schedule pickup service, please contact

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, floppy disks, zip disks 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 Certified Document Destruction scheduled by the Center for Archival Collections. Please contact them for further details on this service.


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.

The following equipment will be accepted:

  • Computers
  • Monitors (CRT & Flat screen)
  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Laptops
  • Cellular phones
  • External devices

Due to limited storage space, only single computers may be dropped off. If larger quantity disposal is needed, please contact (419) 372-8618 or