Littering is quickly becoming a huge problem with garbage showing up everywhere in the world including in the forms of ubiquitous microplastics. Now, one national park is determined to do something about it.
Authorities in the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok have started a new initiative where they will be sending trash back to those who leave it behind, Thailand's environment minister said, according to the BBC. Polluters will also be registered with the police.
Khao Yai National Park, located north-east of the Thai capital Bangkok, stretches across more than 770 sq miles (2,000 sq km) and is a very popular tourist attraction which means it receives many visitors a day.
How do the authorities plan to catch the ones who pollute? Simple, all visitors to the park must register their address when entering.
And the initiative is already underway. On his Facebook account, environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa posted images of rubbish collected in cardboard boxes ready to be shipped to those responsible for it.
He also added the following post: "Your trash - we'll send it back to you." In the meantime, the boxes come with a sign that says: "You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park." That's a rather polite way of putting it!
However, getting your trash back is not the only reason not to pollute, littering in a national park in Thailand is an offense that is punishable with up to five years in prison and some pretty hefty fines. If this seems to be too severe for such a small act it should be noted that animals often eat leftover trash and die from it.
We have all seen the devastating pictures of animals found with a bunch of trash in their stomachs and have often wondered when someone was going to do something about it. It's nice to see that someone finally is! Beware litterers: there are consequences for your actions now.