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APRS promotes the care of all of Scotland’s rural landscapes from the Green Belt around towns and cities out to the forest, hills and mountains.

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Deposit Return

Find out how we led the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign for Deposit Return to come to Scotland. We did it! Coming in 2022.


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Deposit Return, Green Belts and National Parks - educator notes, worksheets, maps, video and game. Book a free visit with our APRS Education Manager.

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Job Vacancy – Campaign Manager

21 hours per week for 18 months
£21,000 + 3% employer pension contribution
Edinburgh/working from home/hybrid arrangements
Closing date Friday 1 July
Interviews Wednesday 20 July, central Edinburgh


The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) is the charity which promotes the care of all of Scotland’s rural landscapes. APRS is a registered charity, No SC016139. Further information about the work of APRS is at
An exciting opportunity has arisen to manage the flagship APRS Have You Got The Bottle? campaign (HYGTB?) throughout its final stages. HYGTB? was established in 2015 to campaign for the introduction of a deposit return system (DRS) for drinks containers in Scotland. It achieved its principal objective in 2017 when the First Minister announced that Scotland would have a DRS. However, the introduction of DRS has been repeatedly delayed, so active campaigning is still required to ensure that it starts on time in August 2023. Further information about the HYGTB? campaign is at


The Campaign Manager manages all aspects of the APRS Have You Got The Bottle? campaign, aiming to ensure that the Scottish Government (SG) introduces its proposed deposit return system for drinks containers on time in August 2023. They will work closely with the APRS Education and Community Manager and Political Consultant, with the support of a network of key partner organisations. Key responsibilities include:

  • Engage with national and local politicians to promote DRS
  • Mobilise supporters and partners to hold the Scottish Government and DRS system operator Circularity Scotland to account regarding key campaign objectives
  • Identify and secure opportunities to raise the campaign’s profile among key opinion formers, including events and media coverage
  • Lead partner engagement and support, including regular contact, partner meetings and information provision, to raise the profile of the campaign
  • Deliver all aspects of campaign communications, including via mainstream and social media and the campaign website
  • Manage co-ordination of key HYGTB? events, including invitations, bookings, presentations and catering

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have experience of campaigning for environmental or social change. They will demonstrate a thorough understanding and experience of Scotland’s political system and environmental policies. Their background is likely to be in environmental campaigning, communications or public affairs. Candidates should have experience of working with politicians, government officials and partner organisations throughout civic society to achieve positive policy change. They should display a high level of personal initiative, motivation and communications skills coupled with a dynamic and enthusiastic approach.

Further Information

APRS rents a small office in central Edinburgh, only five minutes from the station and ten minutes from Parliament. The office is shared with Scottish Environment LINK, which generates regular opportunities for information sharing and work collaboration. However, it is on the second floor of a historic building, so sadly is not accessible to all. For further information, including a full job description and terms and conditions, please email


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Working from Home
All staff are working from home due to Covid-19 and can be contacted by email:

  • Policy, Planning and Communications:  John Mayhew, Director
  • Membership and Administration:  Nina Sobecka, Administrator
  • Education:  Joanna McFarlane, Education Manager
  • APRS Green Belts Alliance:  Nikki Sinclair, Green Belts Alliance Manager

All APRS meetings are being held by video conference – please contact Nina for further information.


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We are here! All set up at the Royal Highland Show, which is sold out today. Looking forward to sharing our work with more people and raising awareness of APRS! ... See MoreSee Less

We are here! All set up at the Royal Highland Show, which is sold out today. Looking forward to sharing our work with more people and raising awareness of APRS!

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Have a great day everyone... Stall looks great...k

Well done APRS hope you have a successful time at the Royal Highland Show raising awareness to the people. Best wishes.

Looks amazing!!!

Thanks to Deborah @Colinsburgh Primary School this week, as APRS joined the P4-P7's for the Fife Stem Connectability Festival. Sharing the story of #DepositReturn and how it will help address the huge waste of resources across Scotland of glass, plastic, metal as millions of drinks containers are littered, thrown in non recycling bins or incinerated every year (920 million in 2019).

Great to see their work on Climate Change for COP26 and the work of their Eco Committee too. #learningforsustainability @Fifepedagogy @Fifedigilearn #stemfife
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