Sydney Railway Square YHA

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Sydney Railway Square YHA and Sustainability

Sustainability Practices at Railway Square YHA

Railway Square YHA is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and being a responsible community member through a mix of conservation and sustainable practices and services.  Initiatives include:

Water saving measures:

  • Our rain water tank is used to flush 50% of the toilets in our common bathrooms
  • Signage throughout the Hostel promoting water & energy conservation

Energy/Greenhouse Gas Reduction:

  • Solar boosted – natural gas Hot water System
  • LED lights throughout the Hostel
  • Timer lights where appropriate
  • Bike storing, repairing facilities (free use of tools and workshop stand)
  • Free City Bike Maps
  • Signage throughout the Hostel promoting water & energy conservation 

Waste Minimisation:

  • Recyclable, wooden room cards (bye, plastic!)
  • E-waste collection point on site (Mobilemuster Australia)
  • Light Bulbs collection/recycling on site (CMA Ecocycle)
  • Co-Mingled recycling system in use  (paper, glass, plastics, aluminium)
  • Keep Cup sold through our Café
  • Bottled water is no longer sold on premises
  • Durable plastic bottles sold through our vending machine
  • See also Community for our engagement with local business and our participation in the return and earn scheme
  • Jam jars recycled into drinking cups in our Café
  • Sun deck chairs from REPLAS (made from 100% Post-Consumer recycled plastics)
  • Dining tables timber tops from recycled fencing posts
  • Vertical garden wall made from recycled railway luggage racks
  • Herb garden on site (currently lemon grass, thyme, basil & chilli)
  • Kitchen signage reminding guests of what is actually in season in Sydney (fruit & vegetables)

Social Sustainability

  • WGAC toilet paper
  • Partnership with CitizenBlue for the collection and handling recycling of all our PET and glass bottles. 
  • Fundraising collection point for Sea Shepherd Australia
  • Guests are greeted in the foyer by a large indigenous painting by Liddy Napanangka Walker sourced from Kate Owen Gallery, Rozelle
  • Most art on site sourced locally to support and encourage local talent (Murals by Beastman, Mulga, Anthony Malouf). Corridor prints by Blue Dog Newtown.
  • Photography by Aquabumps Bondi Beach
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