This has been a long time coming. From October 13, trash items in Google Drive will be automatically deleted after 30 days.
These items used to reside forever in the trash folder until it is manually removed.
The move is certainly much appreciated as items in the trash folder can occupy precious storage space. If not manually deleted regularly, the accumulated items can take a while to remove.
“Starting October 13, 2020, we’re changing the retention policies for items in the Trash in Google Drive. With this new policy, any file that is put into a Google Drive trash will be automatically deleted after 30 days,” wrote a Google blog post
Files in a user’s trash on October 13, 2020 will remain there for 30 days. After the 30-day period, files that have been in the trash for longer than 30 days will begin to be automatically deleted.