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The next time you toss something out of your car window or litter, remember, it may just come back to haunt you. Last week, two young men in Karnataka were tracked down and made to return to a spot they had littered with pizza boxes in Madikeri.
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Madetira Thimmaiah, General Secretary of the Kodagu Tourism Association had already been keeping a close watch in the area “to curb the garbage menace in our hill station”, as he told Bangalore Mirror. When he spotted the empty pizza boxes, he found a bill that had the offender’s phone number. On being contacted, the tourist apologised but refused to return to the spot, saying he was roughly 80km away and already outside the Kodagu region.
But Thimmaiah didn’t stop there. With the help of the local police, he launched a social media campaign, and the litterer’s phone number was shared online. After he was flooded with calls and messages to clean up the mess he had made, the offender and his companion gave in and returned to Madikeri to pick up their trash.
Across the globe, authorities are flexing their grey matter to come up with creative ways to tackle the age-old problem of littering. A few months ago, authorities in Thailand adopted a unique approach to this trashy problem. Calling attention to the garbage issue that could endanger animals in Khao Yai National Park, Thai officials mailed back garbage tourists had left behind there. Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said in a post on Facebook: “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.”
And that’s exactly what he did. The recipients of the trash were tracked down and put on a blacklist restricting their entry to the national park for overnight visits.“You have forgotten some of your belongings at Khao Yai National Park,” read a note placed on the clear trash bag. “Please let us return these to you.”
Could this be a unique solution to India’s littering problem?