[This article was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated and revised for a more comprehensive view on water heater recycling.]
So, your old water heater has finally stopped heating water. When you replace it with a new unit, what are you going to do with it?
If you're lucky, the company that installs your new unit might take it for you. If not, or you choose to install it yourself, recycling your old water heater is your best option.