Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA

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Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA and Sustainability

Cape Byron YHA is committed to making a more sustainable planet. We aim to reduce our footprint through more sustainable practices. We Participate in Earth Hour each year, raise money for our oceans and want to see a more sustainable future! Some of our commitments include:

Waste Minimisation:

  • We have just made a huge commitment to increasing recycling. Sustainability experts Cool Planet have conducted a business waste assessment. We have made an investment into a new waste management system and committed to reducing landfill.
  • Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas and office areas.
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminium and steel cans, batteries and printer cartridges.
  • Use recycled paper in office and toilet paper in bathrooms
  • Bottled water no longer sold on the premises
  • Bag sharing station for going to the supermarket
  • 75,000 bottles/cans and plastic bottled recycled Jan 18 – Jan 19

Electricity/Emissions Reduction:

  • A Solar Heated pool using roof mounted solar heating system and, with pool cover in winter to keep the pool heated for our guests and the onsite dive centre.
  • There are signs on all light and fan switches to promote power saving as well as using power saving light bulbs throughout the hostel.
  • Computers and monitors turned are off at night
  • Use and promotion of public transport Australia wide
  • Mesh fridge bags available to rent or buy to reduce energy consumption in the fridge

Water reduction:

  • Water reducing shower heads 
  • Promoting minimal water use within the hostel.
  • Dual flush toilets (3/6 litre)
  • No water used in gardens

Social Sustainability 

  • Fundraising box for Positive Change For Marine Life
  • Lost property donated to charity
  • Sheets donated to local emergency housing charity
  • Sign in the kitchen for donations of dry and tined food for Byron Bay’s Liberation Larder

Did you know?

Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon emissions
(Certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute).

How can you help?

Each time you book a bed online, you can choose to contribute $1 towards the Sustainable Hostel Fund.
By going green with YHA, you can help us turn our existing properties into eco-friendly hostels and be greenest hostel network in Australia.
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