Recycling Building Materials

Improving resource-efficiency and cleaner production in the Mongolian construction sector through materials recovery

The booming construction industry in Mongolia has resulted in several environmental issues, a key one is the production of massive amounts of construction and demolition (C&D) waste and its poor management. It is estimated that construction waste accounted for 20-25% of the overall solid waste produced, making it one of the largest waste streams in the country. In Ulaanbaatar, much of this construction waste is dumped illegally. Construction companies do not have any proper inventory systems to classify the different types of waste. Also, most of the professionals and workers in the sector lack awareness on the waste issue and the 3R approach.

The project seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and mitigation of climate change in Mongolia. It promotes sustainable production and consumption in the construction sector, through supporting SMEs to switch to more resource-efficient practices.

Duration: 3/2016 - 2/2020

Total budget: EUR 1,562,500 (EU Contribution: 80%)


Mr. Alexandre Balson
Caritas Czech Republic
Vladislavova 12, 110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

Tel: +976-9521-9026 or 7013-5999

Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) Caritas Czech Republic (CCR)
As lead partner, CCR is responsible for the overall project implementation. CCR involves in awareness raising, advocacy and marketing actions.
Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Centre (EPCRC) Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Centre (EPCRC)
EPCRC is responsible for all activities related to green finance and facilitates access to finance for recycling SMEs.
Mongolian National Recycling Association (MNRA) Mongolian National Recycling Association (MNRA)
MNRA is an “umbrella” organisation for more than 20 recycling SMEs. It contributes to training and R&D activities (mobilising SMEs and waste collectors). MNRA assists CCR in awareness-raising and advocacy activities.
Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST), School of Engineering and Architecture Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST), School of Engineering and Architecture
MUST conducts research on C&D waste, develops product standards, and contributes in designing the training materials and new curriculum.
Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft) Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft)
TU Delft conducts situation assessment on C&D waste; prepares training materials, guidelines and tools; and provides recommendations on recycling opportunities.