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Khao Yai National Park litterers will get their trash back in the mail

Caitlin Ashworth

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PHOTO: Facebook: TOP Varawut

“We purposefully collected all your rubbish in a box and sent them to your home as a souvenir as a lesson to not litter anywhere ever again.”

So much trash was left at the Khao Yai National Park campsite that park officials have packed it in parcel boxes and sent it back to the campers. The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa ordered park officials to pack up the rubbish and send the parcel to tourists’ addresses that were recorded in the National Park Bureau’s reservation system.

Varawut says people who visited the park, last weekend in particular, left a large amount of trash and food waste by their campsites. He says they did not utilise the garbage bins that are provided at the park. Not only will the tourists get a box of their own trash in the mail, but the littering incident will also be recorded with the local police for violating the National Park Act.

“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.”

Varawut made a post on Facebook outlining 2 sections in the National Park Act. He says acts that damage the natural resources or ecosystem face up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to 500,000 baht. Another section he cited says those who violate park rules face a fine up to 100,000 baht.

The minister says it’s important to dispose all of the waste properly, adding that even just a small piece of trash can be extremely harmful if an animal swallows it.

“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 as a lesson to not litter anywhere ever again.”

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Pattaya News

ขยะที่นักท่องเที่ยวทิ้งไว้ในอุทยาน ขณะนี้บรรจุลงกล่อง พร้อมส่งคืนถึงบ้านเจ้าของขยะเรียบร้อยครับ…

Posted by TOP Varawut – ท็อป วราวุธ ศิลปอาชา on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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    Rathore

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    This is great!!

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    Perceville Smithers

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Give the offenders the choice of a heavy fine or weekend trash duty. For those that choose weekend trash duty, give regular trash collector workers that time off with pay.

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    sam thompson

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Well really no surprises there…..they didn’t actually expect the campers to be considerate, thoughtful and responsible [did they?]…..come on TiT

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    Donald MacLean

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    If the people left their trash in a National Park, then they will probably be greatly offended to receive their package, and will proceed to throw it out their front door to join all the other garbage that people throw throughout their community and neighborhoods. Many people here have absolutely no respect for their own country and communities.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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