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Litterbugs who drop their rubbish [in / on] national parks in Thailand may be in for [a / the] surprise the next time they check their mail - the litter they left may have been returned [to / for] them. Thailand's Environment Minister has decided to take a [sit / stand] on the increasing amount of sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is [strewn / stowing] across national parks. He has asked park wardens to collect the [latter / litter] and mail it to the offending litterbug. It [comes / goes] with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage in a cardboard box and sent it to [a / your] home. This should be a lesson to you, to [never / ever] again throw away waste anywhere." Additional penalties could come in the [form / frame] of five years imprisonment or a hefty $16,000 fine.

The [severe / several] penalties have been initiated because of litter becoming an [eyesore / eyesight] in many of Thailand's beauty spots. Park wardens say it is relatively [easy / easily] to track down and identify [offenders / defenders] as all visitors to the parks are [acquired / required] to register their address when they enter a park. Anyone who leaves refuse near their assigned camping spot will be reunited [at / with] their waste. Narin Pinsakul, chief of the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, [explained / explanation] why the parks were introducing their return-to-litterbug policy. He said: "It can be [dangerous / danger] for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to [digest / suggest] plastic waste that people leave behind." The Environment Minister said people should only leave footprints [ahead / behind] .

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