Water Heater Recycling

Your water heater is one of the most recyclable items you have in your home. These items contain many different components that are not only recyclable, but that are also very valuable. One of the hardest things about recycling water heaters, however, is the fact that you have to get them out onto the curb or that you have to truck them away somewhere. If you only have a passenger car, you may be better off calling a plumber or a professional waste hauler to come pick it up for you and bring it to the recycling station.

Water Heater Materials

If you take a look at your water heater, the first thing you’ll notice is that there are a lot of metal components on it. Metal is one of the most easily recycled substances in the world. Not only is it easy to recycle, they can be remade into objects of the same or very close quality to the ones from which it was taken. Anything metal is a good candidate for recycling. The copper, steel and other materials that make up the water heater mean that recycling it is one of the best things that you can do for the environment. Some water heaters do contain some toxic materials, so you need to be certain that you take it to a facility that’s set up to handle appliance recycling.

How It’s Recycled

A water heater, much like any other appliance, will have to be stripped down to its base parts. These parts are then separated according to the materials of which they’re made and sent off to the appropriate recycling facility or, if the recycling facility that took the water heater in is remarkably well-equipped, though be sent to the different departments of that facility to be recycled. Because there is such a diversity of materials in any given water heater, the items into which they’re recycled can be greatly varied.