Pollution is not just something that is done by major corporations, even individuals can take part in it by throwing trash where trash doesn’t belong. It harms the environment, kills wildlife, and ruins some of the most beautiful places on earth. At a national park in Thailand, officials were fed up with people throwing trash and they decided to do something about it.
Trash is not something that is typically tossed out by accident, most people throw it down because they no longer want it and they’re too lazy to get rid of it properly. In central Thailand at the Khao Yai National Park, littering has been a problem for quite some time. According to the New York Times, however, officials had a unique way to handle those litterbugs.
What the park did was send the trash back to the offenders, and we can’t applaud them enough. It seems as if the litterbugs had abandoned a tent filled with trash after spending a night at the National Park on a camping trip. After verifying the information from the culprits using equipment rental forms and a discarded prescription bottle, they shipped the garbage back to them.
Thailand is a country that does not take lightly to trash. They have already banned the single-use plastic bags and if you are caught littering in a National Park, you could get a $16,000 fine and five years in prison! The fact that these litterbugs only got the trash in the mail is getting off with a slap on the wrist.
There was a note attached to the clear bag of trash, which read: “You have forgotten some of your belongings at the Khao Yai National Park. Please let us return these to you.” Thailand’s environment minister, Varawut Silpa-archa, went on Facebook to share the post, saying: “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.”
They got more than a box of trash in the mail, they also are never allowed to stay at the park overnight again. The park is known for its beauty, including miles of hiking and biking trails, waterfalls, and the monsoon forest.
Littering in the United States is also a criminal offense. The National Conference of State Legislatures shows that the fines for littering do differ from state to state. In Massachusetts, the fine is $25 but in Maryland, it is $30,000! You may also spend some time in jail if you are a serious offender.
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