APRS – Scotland’s countryside charity

Scotland’s countryside charity

We campaign to protect, enhance and promote Scotland’s countryside and rural landscapes for everyone’s benefit, and we support others to do the same.

About APRS

APRS Campaigns

APRS Green Belts Campaign Image

Green Belts

Help protect the green places around our towns and cities that provide space for people and nature

Loch Lomond - credit SNH

National Parks

We want more National Parks – the very best of our landscapes, providing livelihoods and opportunities to visit

APRS Deposit Return - empty bottle on ground.

Deposit Return

APRS has campaigned for a deposit return scheme in Scotland since 2015 with ‘Have you got the bottle?’

Latest news

Glass bottle, showing the words No Return


This blog records the campaign against the deposit return scheme and tried to explain a bit of what happened over the last six months. Firstly for the supporters of the ‘Have you Got the Bottle?’ campaign and for APRS’s members, but also, importantly, as a heads-up for those campaigning for deposit return in England and Wales. We expect some of the same tactics to be used against the planned deposit return schemes in England and Wales and, as they say, “forewarned is forearmed”.

four littered bottles on grass

Press Release

Action to Protect Rural Scotland has today proposed that 16th August 2023 be Scotland’s first annual National Litter Day, marking the day Scotland’s much-delayed deposit return system for cans and bottles should have finally come into effect.

Woman standing on a forest path, with both hands on her hips.


Joanna McFarlane is the Public Engagement and Education Manager for APRS and is stepping up to walk 846,647 steps while raising funds for APRS.

people walking up hill in Loch Lomand National Park


Communities across Scotland are being asked to consider whether their local area could be designated as the country’s newest national park. Individuals, groups or organisations considering making a nomination can now register early interest.

Boy holding up bottle from little pick

Press Release

Help us gather litter data before and after the Deposit Return launch in Scotland to show the impact this circular economy initiative will make!


Discover more about Scotland’s new Deposit Return System, Green Belts and National Parks. You can also book a FREE visit from us!

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