LIMERICK City Council is warning householders across the city that they face prosecution if they burn domestic waste on bonfires during the May Eve celebrations.
Bonfires are expected to be held across the city this Tuesday night to mark what is traditionally seen as the beginning of Summer.
While the May Eve celebrations have taken place for centuries, in recent years groups of youths have taken to burning household waste on bonfires, which is poses a major pollution risk.
“The May Eve bonfire is often used to get rid of waste in the community. This is not the work of local youths lighting a bonfire for May Eve fun. This is an organised collection of tyres, mattresses, garden furniture and anything else they can lay their hands on to burn waste and create air pollution and damage the local green. The City also pays the price of cleaning up after the bonfire, disposing of leftover waste and chunks of metal and reseeding green areas,” said Paul Foley senior executive officer at Limerick City Council’s Environment Department.
Ahead of the May Eve celebrations a “skip day” was organised by the Carew-Kincora Estate Management Office.
Supported by Limerick City Council, residents of Carew Park and Kincora Park were urged to place any unwanted items such as mattresses, furniture, and broken electrical items into a number of skips which were deployed in the estate on Monday.
“We take everything other than household rubbish because otherwise with the bonfires they will burn everything,” said Patricia Boylan, community estate officer.
Up until the annual “skip day” was introduced more than a dozen bonfires were set in the two estates each year.
However, this year it hoped that just three of four will be set and that none of the materials burned on them will be hazardous.
The Limerick City Fire and Rescue service expects to have a busy night as Bonfires will also take place at other locations across the city.