Cover of report: Circular Economies and Sustainable Health and Well-being.

A new report by Public Health Wales calls on public bodies to do more to reduce and re-use their waste.

By implementing waste reduction and re-use policies together with recycling schemes, significant positive impacts on health and well-being could be achieved for the people of Wales, says the Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

The report notes that, although Wales is a global leader in recycling rates of municipal waste, on a kilogram per capita basis the total amount of such waste created in Wales is currently higher than in England and Scotland.

By focusing on a circular economy approach, public bodies in Wales could help reduce air pollution, increase sustainable food production, and help improve mental health and well-being argues the report Circular Economies and Sustainable Health and Well-being: The public health impact of public bodies refocusing on waste reduction and reuse in Wales.