Litterbugs who visit national parks in Thailand may soon start getting an unwelcome present in the post when they return home: a package of their own rubbish.
After numerous visitors had left behind vast amounts of rubbish last weekend in the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa had the rubbish promptly packed and sent back to the polluters by mail.
“We collected your garbage in a cardboard box and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, to never again throw away waste anywhere,” it read on the enclosed note. The campers had previously registered with the park administration, which therefore knew exactly how to track them down after finding refuse near their tents.
Littering can be punished by up to five years in prison or an up to 500,000-baht fine (US$16,000) under a law against harming natural environments.