With SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has changed the way to reach the Site Collection Recycle Bin.

As reminder, the Site Collection Recycle Bin is the recycle bin used to restore deleted items by end users once the retention delay has been reach (default is 30 days – you can manage this settings from the Central Administration\Manage Web Application\Web Application General Settings)

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So, with SharePoint 2010, when a site administrator logs on to the site and goes to the Recycle Bin, he has a link shown on top of his recycle bin.

With SharePoint 2013, this links has disappears and now the Site Collection Recycle Bin is reachable through the following path:

  • log on as site collection administrators
  • go to the Site Settings

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  • Then click on Recycle Bin below the Site Collection Administration section

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The direct link is http://<your web application>/_layouts/15/AdminRecycleBin.aspx