Working to protect Scotland’s countryside

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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Call for Volunteers across Scotland for our Deposit Return Litter Survey 2023-2024

Help us gather litter data before and after the Deposit Return launch in Scotland on 16th August 2023 to show the impact this circular economy initiative can make to litter and the environment! This is in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society whose Source to Sea Litter Survey Form we are using.

How do I take part?

APRS is looking for 2 different types of volunteers:

Those who will visit their local area where they clean - town, village, city, park, river, office grounds, school grounds, street, countryside path once a month, for one hour for the next 2 years from January onwards. APRS will not be recording beaches as there is a strong dataset already collected by the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch surveys. If you would be interested in being part of this APRS community of volunteers, please contact Joanna, APRS’s Education and Public Engagement Manager on

If you cannot commit to the longer data gathering project, you can also collect data ahoc, whenever you wish to. There is no need to contact Joanna but she would love to hear your experiences and comments on deposit return and the litter you are collecting. Please do send images too.

Volunteers will be asked to submit their data online at the Marine Conservation Society's Source to Sea Litter Survey where you will also find risk assessments and forms to download.

If you would like a form emailed to you, please contact Joanna on


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.


Have you seen our new educational resources?

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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Become a member of APRS or make a donation to support our campaigning, partnership and local community work to protect Scotland's countryside.

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Latest News

Annual General Meeting 2023 – see our Events page for full information

Read the APRS and SCNP response to NatureScot consultation – The Future of National Parks in Scotland

Read our November 2022 Newsletter with a round up of all the latest news

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