Thailand officials mail litter left in parks back to litterers

Thailand officials mail litter left in parks back to litterers
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Thailand's top environmental minister sent a package of trash back to group of campers who left the garbage at a camp site during a recent visit to one of the country's national parks. 

Citing a growing litter problem at Khao Yai National Park, Varawut Silpa-archa said he wanted to send a message to a group of campers who left their trash at the park. 

"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," he said in a Facebook post, according to The New York Times. “Please let us return these to you.”


Silpa-archa attached photos of the garbage to his social media post, which showed snacks, empty bottles and other debris in a cardboard box ready to be shipped off. 

“You have forgotten some of your belongings at the Khao Yai National Park,” the note to the campers read. 

Authorities in Thailand and other countries in the region have warned of a growing litter and pollution problem, leading to giant trash heaps in the waters surrounding the countries. 

“You may take only two things from our parks,” Varawut Silpa-archa wrote in his post. “Those are memories and photos. Leave only footprints behind.”