Delete all items in Recycle bin by PowerShell

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We were doing testing and we generated lots of documents and lists and needed to eliminate those documents, so instead of eliminating files one by one we used the following PS code:

$WebApp=get-spwebapplication "https://yourappweb"

foreach ($SPSite in $webApp.Sites)
{
#get the collection of webs
foreach($SPWeb in $SPSite.AllWebs)
{
#Empty the 1st Stage Recycle bin items PERMENANTLY
$SPWeb.RecycleBin.DeleteAll();

#Send the 1st Stage Recycle bin items to 2nd Stage
$SPWeb.RecycleBin.MoveAllToSecondStage();

write-host "End-User Recycle Bin Items Deleted for:"
write-host $SPWeb.title ":" $SPWeb.URL "`n"
}
#Empty SharePoint site collection recycle bin (Second Stage Recycle bin) or Admin Recycle bin
$SPSite.RecycleBin.DeleteAll();

write-host "Administrator Recycle bin Items Deleted for:" $SPSite.RootWeb.title "`n"
}

hope it helps!

4 comments

    1. When I was doing this, I was deleting all the objject, so, I didn’t have the necessity to filter by user. If you’re able to do this, I will be interested in knowing the solution

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