Nakhon Nayok, Thailand –
Careless tourists who were visiting and littering at the Khao Yai National Park will receive a special parcel delivery packed with their own garbage and sent directly to their houses from national park officers.
Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, has come up with the unique environmental measure after discovering groups of domestic tourists who visited the national park over last weekend had negligently littered food waste and a clump of trash around their camping area and had not stored garbage in provided garbage cans.
The behavior had affected the environmental image of the national park and could be extremely harmful to wildlife creatures if only a small piece of garbage was swallowed, Varawut stated to the press.
The Minister then ordered national park officers to collect all the garbage piled up in front of camping tents before packing them in parcel boxes and sending them back to the tourists whose addresses were recorded in a reservation system of the National Park Bureau.
The litterers were also being recorded on daily incident reports at their local police station and are accused of littering in a national park area which is against the National Park Act B.E. 2562 (2019).
Varawut told reporters: “The authorities had facilitated visitors with everything we could have thought of. They only had to come here and enjoy beautiful nature but we never thought that they would leave us with such waste.”
“We kindly ask every tourist to put garbage in the provided areas because the garbage that you left may kill wild animals that come down around the area looking for food. In this case, we purposefully collected all your rubbish in a box and sent them to your home as a souvenir and a lesson to not litter anywhere ever again.”