Local residents waited in two lines to drop off their electronic waste at a free e-waste drop off event hosted by the City of Hesperia and Clean Earth Recycling last Saturday.


Piles of formerly working electronics were collected during the free event, which was open to all High Desert residents. The event was held behind the city's former public works building at Ninth Avenu and Main Street.


Items included LCD monitors, plasma devices, DLP projection TV's, computer monitors, VCR, DVD and CD players, stereo systems, CD players, MP3 players, cassette players, telephones and cell phones, computer towers, speakers, keyboards, mice, webcams, external hard drives, printers, scanners, wireless cards, graphics cards, laptops, servers and more.


According to the city, the items can create a long term danger if not disposed of correctly. Common household items including computers, televisions and even keyboards can contain lead and/or mercury, which if exposed to the soil or groundwater can cause contamination.


If these items are not disposed of properly the dangerous substances inside them can seep into the ground contaminating the water supply and surrounding area. This is very dangerous in Hesperia since our drinking water is pumped directly from the ground.


For more information on this event or other recycling programs, visit the City of Hesperia website at http://www.cityofhesperia.us.