It is illegal to place water coolers and other major appliances in the trash. Water coolers that actually chill water must be processed to remove hazardous materials before being recycled.
If you are purchasing a new water cooler, ask the retailer if they will recycle your old one when they deliver the new one. Or check with the water cooler manufacturer to see if they have recycling options.
Contact your trash hauler for curbside pick up options.
You can also bring your water cooler to one of the recycle companies listed below. Call to verify items accepted, hours and fees.