There's nothing more annoying than heading off on a bushwalk or pulling up to a campsite only to find a pile of rubbish the previous visitors left behind.
Well, Thailand‘s Khao Yai National Park has nailed the art of being passive aggressive with a new move designed to make campers think twice before leaving trash around — they’re posting it back to them!
This UNESCO World Heritage site, located about 160km northeast of Bangkok, shut down during the peak of COVID-19 in the area, but has now opened under a strict reservation system. Which is exactly how they were able to start tracking down who left their rubbish behind.
The idea seems to have been sparked by Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Varawut Silpa-archa, after he made a Facebook post begging campers to take their rubbish with them. Otherwise, he continued, he would gather their rubbish and mail it back to them himself.
Not long after, he posted again with images of the rubbish packed into postal boxes, stating it was ready to be returned. He also reminded campers that dumping rubbish in the park is actually a crime that comes along with hefty fines.
Apparently, they also including a short note along with the rubbish packs that says “You have forgotten some of your belongings at Khao Yai National Park”. Outstanding!