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Sydney Railway Square YHA and Sustainability

At Railway Square YHA, we’re so sustainable, we recycled our entire building! Once a sorting shed for parcels transported by train to Sydney’s Central Station, we’re still fully committed to reducing our environmental footprint and being a responsible community member.


YHA Sustainability - Energy

Energy reduction:

  • Solar hot water – the sun boosts our natural gas system, free of charge
  • Low energy and timed lighting: no need for lights on in empty rooms!
  • Free bike storage + repair facilities
YHA Sustainability - Waste

Waste minimisation:

  • Totally recyclable Bamboo room cards
  • Co-mingled recycling and system: jam jars for café cups and making old things new… Can’t stay for a drink? We sell keep cups, reusable water bottles and compost our coffee grounds with help from a local community garden!
  • Recycled deck chairs and dining tables: Fence posts and old plastics are living a second life
  • Upcycled luggage racks = vertical garden, herbs included!
YHA Sustainability - Water

Water conservation:

  • Rainwater tank: 50% per cent of the toilets in our common bathrooms use rain water to flush!
  • Educational signage: Reminding you that Australia is a dry country and water is precious!
YHA Sustainability - Social

Social sustainability:

  • ‘Who Gives a Crap’ toilet paper –recycled, with 50% of profits helping to build toilets in developing countries
  • Return and earn scheme: recycling bottles and donating the proceeds to charity.
  • Kitchen signage: Learn what’s in season and why it’s delicious!
  • Fundraising for ocean conservation: helping raise funds for Sea Shepherd Australia

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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YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We acknowledge and pay our respects to Elders past, present, emerging and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.