Today’s Solutions: October 19, 2021

What do you do with litterbugs who fail to pick up their garbage? Well, you pack it up and mail it to their doorstep! At least that’s what the popular Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, Thailand, plans to do to prevent visitors from leaving behind their trash.

The new initiative was announced by the country’s environment minister via a Facebook post sharing pictures of cardboard boxes with trash collected from the park, including empty plastic bottles, cans, and chip wrappings, ready to be mailed out along with a polite note saying: “You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park”.

To track down those responsible for littering, all park visitors will be required to register their addresses before entering. “Your trash – we’ll send it back to you,” the Facebook post warns, reminding people that those caught littering also risk to receive a hefty fine or even be held in jail for up to five years.

Khao Yai National Park is the country’s oldest national park and is home to diverse wildlife. Park authorities warn that the rubbish left behind can be particularly dangerous for the park’s animals who may perceive it as food, putting their lives at risk.

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