Ben HaywardSeptember 17th
2020

A national park in Thailand has taken the step of posting rubbish back to the people who dropped it in an effort to discourage visitors from littering. 

Authorities at the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok will start sending rubbish back to litterers, Thailand's environment minister said - as well as being registered with the police, reports the BBC.

In order to track the litterbugs down park authorities are making any visitors register with their addresses, making it easy for rangers to track them down if they leave rubbish behind.

Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has even posted pictures of litter collected in cardboard parcels ready to be shipped to the identified offenders on his Facebook account. 

"Your trash - we'll send it back to you," the post warns. However it could actually get much for anyone that is caught as in Thailand, littering in a national park is not only a criminal an offence, it’s punishable with up to five years in prison and some hefty fines.

Along with empty plastic bottles, cans and chips wrappings, the box in the Facebook post contains a polite note saying: "You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park".

Park authorities say the rubbish left behind can be particularly dangerous for animals who may try to eat it.

Khao Yai National Park which is north-east of the Thai capital Bangkok stretches across more than 2,000 sq km (770 sq miles) and is very popular with hikers.

It's the oldest national park in Thailand and known for its waterfalls, animals and scenery.

There was uproar over summer when the hot weather led to some unpleasant scenes on UK beaches. 

From Formby to Blackpool to Brighton, sadly it seems that an awful lot of people were unable to follow the golden rule: Leave it how you found it. 

Formby beach in Merseyside was left covered in bottles, BBQs, bags of rubbish, inflatable pools and even cool boxes as community group, Plastic Free Formby, described the area of Special Scientific Interest as resembling ‘the morning after Glastonbury’.

In the Northwest, photographs from Blackpool show broken bottles, cans and plastic bags strewn across the beach after revellers took to the holiday resort. 

Speaking to The Blackpool Gazette, one resident said: “It fills me with anger and sadness that there are NHS and key workers still risking their lives during this tragic pandemic, while others can’t even be bothered to do something simple like take their rubbish home – never mind follow the current guidance regarding only two people meeting outside.

“There were smashed bottles among the debris which are a danger for people wanting to use the prom/beach today so I’ve reported the rubbish to the council using their online form this morning.”

Could be worth keeping an eye on the Thai system to see what the results are… 

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