Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -– Darin Bailey, with Stericycle, unloads old cans of paint for processing during the 2014 Ascension Parish Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day. This year's event is set for May 9.

Ascension Parish residents can dispose of their unwanted batteries, garden chemicals and cans of paint May 9 at the Ascension Parish’s Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day.

The event is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road in Gonzales.

Ascension Parish residents only will be allowed to drop off materials and residents must provide valid identification to take part, a news release from Parish President Tommy Martinez said.

“This event gives residents a chance to clean out their garages and storage sheds and dispose of these materials properly,” Martinez said.

Ascension Parish Environmental Manager Don Hysell said accepted materials include a limit of five automobile tires, car and golf cart batteries, cell phones and batteries, electronic equipment, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, oil, antifreeze, home and garden chemicals, household batteries, ink and toner cartridges, latex and oil-based paints, thinners, varnishes, scrap metal in small quantities, rechargeable batteries, televisions, small propane tanks and appliances for scrap metal.

Telephone systems, video cameras and DVRs, computer accessories, Xboxes, PlayStations and Wii boxes, fax machines, monitors and printers also will be accepted.

Materials not accepted include explosives, radioactive materials, medical waste, asbestos, high school lab waste, commercial and governmental facility waste, paper, magazines, newspaper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic and glass, hurricane debris or woody waste.

For information, call Hysell at (225) 450-1308.