YHA Cape Byron (Byron Bay)

YHA Cape Byron (Byron Bay) and Sustainability

YHA Cape Byron 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:


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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 to recycle anything from printer cartridges or our 100% recycled paper, to tinnies of beer and plastic containers, and even dead batteries!
  • No plastic bottles or plastic bags on site, we only sell reusable, and offer bag sharing for grocery runs.
  • 75,000 bottles/cans and plastic bottled recycled Jan 18 – Jan 19

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Electricity Efficiency:

  • Our pool is heated by the sun! Solar panels make it perfect for swimming all year ‘round
  • Power saving light bulbs throughout the hostel
  • Use and promotion of public transport Australia wide, the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint!
  • Mesh fridge bags available to rent or buy to reduce energy consumption in the fridge

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Water Saving:

  • Water reducing shower heads and dual flush toilets for ultimate bathroom efficiency 
  • Our gardens? They’re water free. With drought-resistant plants, they don’t use any of our water!

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Social Sustainability 

  • Fundraising box for Positive Change For Marine Life
  • Sheets, lost property and donated dry and tinned foods are donated to local charities for those who need it most

Help protect the environment

With a donation of $2, you can help fund sustainability projects to reduce the environmental footprints of both our properties and our travellers.

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).

YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to the elders, past and present, and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We recognise their custodianship of the land, sea, & water for over 60,000 years.

YHA Australia is a proud member of Hostelling International - a network of more than 2,650 hostels across 57 countries that share the mission of making travel more sustainable & accessible.