Trash Left In Thai National Park Mailed Back To Visitors

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Garbage left by visitors in Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park is being mailed back to them.
Photo posted by Thailand’s environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa on Facebook.

If there’s one way to get the message that litter is everyone’s responsibility, it’s to have yours packaged and delivered to your doorstep. 

Thai officials stumbled upon the idea of sending the trash left at Khao Yai National Park by mail back to the offenders. Trash comes back.

In a Facebook post, the country's environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa reiterated that dumping garbage in the park was a crime, and vowed to track down anyone responsible for tarnishing the natural environment.

“I will pick up every single piece of your trash, pack them well in a box and mail it to your home as a souvenir,” wrote Silpa-archa. "Let's help modify behaviours to make a new normal. Travel with conscience. Let's maintain cleanliness and save the environment. Because from now on, we will take strict legal action."

He also posted photos of a delivery box containing a transparent trash bag filled with used plastic water bottles, soda cans, torn packs of chips and sunflower seeds.

According to The New York Times, Thai officials said they had, indeed, mailed the box of trash to campers who had left the waste in a tent they abandoned. The special package came with a pointed message for the group, who have been blacklisted from returning to the park for overnight visits.

“You have forgotten some of your belongings at the Khao Yai National Park,” read the note. “Please let us return these to you.”

The move by Thai authorities comes amid growing global efforts to reduce the environmental impact of trash and curb the use of plastics, NYT reports. Activists are increasingly sounding the alarm as garbage continues to clog oceans and kill marine life. 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, for example, covers some 600,000 square miles, which is three times the size of France. It is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.


Corrine - September 24, 2020 @ 14:58
This is an excellent idea, every country, school etc. mail back the garbage and the cigarette butts.

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