If you are planning a visit or find yourself in Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park, and end up with some garbage you can’t be bothered to walk to a waste bin; you might want to think twice about littering.
In a heated series of Facebook posts this week, Varawut Silpa-archa, Thailand’s minister of natural resources and environment, has stressed that any rubbish left behind, which can endanger the park’s wildlife, will be dealt with in an unusual way. “I will pick up all of your garbage,” he wrote in one post regarding the new initiative. “Postage back … home as souvenir.” He wasn’t joking either; “Your trash — we’ll send it back to you,” another photo of garbage is captioned.
Khao Yai, established as Thailand’s first national park in 1962, spans more than 770 square miles about 80 miles northeast of Bangkok. It’s that country’s third largest national park and is known for its spread of mammalian wildlife — including elephants, sambar deer and civets.
Each visitor to Khao Yai will have to register and share their home address, which makes park rangers able to link them to any garbage they leave in their wake.
One post, showing empty plastic bottles and chip bags, showed a note written in Thai,
which translates to, “You forgot your litter at Khao Yai National Park, we’re sending it back to you.”
Moreover, those guilty of littering will not only be blacklisted from visiting the park, but they’ll also be registered with the police. In a post, he also reminded visitors that littering in a national park is punishable with a maximum of five years in prison and fines, according to the BBC.
So if you visit this national park in Thailand, be sure you put your garbage where it belongs, in a waste bin.