Thailand Will Ship Garbage Left By Tourists Back to Their Homes
Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, Thailand has announced its plan to send trash left by visiting tourists back to their homes.
As part of their new rule, those who visit the park have to register their personal details first, including names and addresses, according to BBC News.
Varawut Silpa-archa, Thailand’s environment minister, ordered park rangers to send back the trash last week, earning the praise of its locals.
“I can’t tolerate this action,” he told Vice in an interview last Friday. “I was furious and my first reaction was to send it back to whoever was dumping it.”
A Thai national experienced the new rule first-hand at the national park when the rangers shipped back their trash that day.
“I instructed the park rangers to collect the garbage and ship it back to the person, with the message saying, ‘You have forgotten some items at the camping ground so we kindly return it to you so you can deal with it,’” he said.
In addition to receiving it back, those who violated the park’s rule may also receive an undisclosed fine.
“My intention was to send a very loud and clear message: If you’d like to come visit our park that belongs to all of us, you need to take good care of it,” Varawut said.
This change came after various wildlife died ingesting pounds of trash left behind in Thailand’s oldest national park, stretching more than 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles).
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