It is illegal to place water heaters and other major appliances in the trash. Water heaters must be processed to remove hazardous materials before being recycled.
If you are purchasing a new water heater, ask the retailer if they will recycle your old one when they deliver the new one.
You can also contact your trash hauler for curbside pick up options.
You can also bring the water heater to one of the recycle companies listed below. Call to verify items accepted, hours and fees.