This article explains the two-stage recycle bin in SharePoint, Looking for the Recycle Bin in SharePoint 2013? You won’t find it in its previous location (quick launch with All Site Content). In a SharePoint site, the recycle bin provides temporary storage for all items deleted from that site. The Recycle Bin can be accessed from below the quick launch bar on the left of the screen. SharePoint offers a two stage recycle bin so items that are deleted from the end user Recycle Bin may still be recoverable from the site collection Recycle Bin by a site collection administrator.
The recycle bin is accessed. On the SharePoint site, click Site Settings and selecting “Site Contents”. The link is then available from the “Site Contents” page. Alternatively, this can be accessed by adding “/_layouts/15/Recyclebin.aspx” or “/_layouts/15/viewlsts.aspx” to the end of your sites root URL.
2nd Stage Recycle Bin in SharePoint 2013:
The 2nd stage recycle bin is available to site collection administrators only and can be access from “Site Actions” > “Site Settings”. Alternatively, this can be accessed by adding “/_layouts/15/AdminRecyclebin.aspx” to the end of your sites root URL. Items
Go the Site Collection recycle bin:
As a site collection administrator, I go to Site Actions (or the gear) Site Settings in order to get to the Site Collection recycle bin link. Click the Site Collection Recycle Bin link:
When I click on the recycle bin link in the Site Collection Administration section of the Site Settings page I am taken to the Site Collection recycle bin page. Go to the Site Collection recycle bin:
From here I can see all items that have been deleted and are sitting in first stage or end user recycle bins, as well as those that have been deleted from those locations and are now sitting in the second stage recycle bin. I click the link “Deleted from end user Recycle Bin.”
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