So, Santa brought you that 40" inch plasma television set you've been wanting, and now you're faced with what to do with your old clunker. City officials are asking residents not to throw their old electronics in the trash.

Instead, Hesperia officials are hoping residents will take their "e-waste" to a recycling drop-off on Saturday.

"That would be electronic waste that is not allowed to go into the trash," said recycling coordinator Julie Ryan, "Basically, anything with a cord."

Electronics feature a variety of toxic materials, including lead, mercury or copper, all of which can seep into the city's water supply.

"It's all things that, if it were to contaminate the soil or water, it would have major consequences," said city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy. "In Hesperia, we drink our ground water."

"This will be our third [e-waste] event. We're trying to do it now two times a year, minimum," Ryan said. "We held one last January, after last Christmas, and it was such a large event, we were asked to only do it twice a year."

It's not just residents disposing of clock radios at the end of their life: Businesses especially stand to benefit from the event.

"We open it up to businesses that would otherwise have to pay to dump these things," Malloy said.

The e-waste event will take place on Saturday, January 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., behind old city hall -- now the city's public works building -- on Main Street. Participants should turn north on 9th Avenue and turn into the alley behind the public works building, where representatives of Clean Earth Recycling will be taking the items from Hesperia residents and businesses with identification.

Items taken at the event include monitors and televisions, desktop and laptop computers, printers, copiers and fax machines, scanners and cameras, LAN and peripheral cards, workstations and servers, cell phones and PDAs, radios and stereos, mice and keyboards.

Large appliances, such as refrigerators and washing machines, will not be accepted at the event.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.