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Sydney Central YHA and Sustainability

Sydney Central YHA is a big hostel with an even bigger heart for sustainability. Right in the heart of Sydney, you might spot some solar panels if you’re looking from above, and from participating in Earth Hour to being a proud member of the local tourism body – sustainability is more than recycling!

YHA Sustainability - Energy

Energy Efficiency:

  • Our fancy photovoltaic solar panel system generates part of our power needs… thanks sunshine!
  • Promotion of public transport and free bike storage - the easiest ways to be eco-friendly
  • Low energy and timed lighting: no need for lights on in empty rooms
  • We offset any flights for work to keep our travel emissions low low low
YHA Sustainability - Waste

Waste minimisation:

  • Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas and office areas to recycle anything from printer cartridges or our 100% recycled paper, to tinnies of beer, soft plastics, clothes, batteries and plastic containers
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products for shiny hostels and a happy earth
  • Bulk-Buying our hostel products reduces a bunch of our packaging waste
  • No single use in sight! We only sell reusable water bottles and coffee cups and have refill stations across the hostel
  • Pick up a free shopping bag to reduce plastic waste, or help us pick up rubbish during Clean Up Australia Day
Sustainability - Water

Water Saving Measures:

  • Our toilets and showers are 5 star! Well, WELS 5 stars for water efficiency.
  • Signage in bathrooms and kitchens encouraging guests to minimise water usage
  • Waterless urinals sound a bit strange, but they save thousands of litres of water every year!
Sustainability Social

Social Sustainability:

  • Low formaldehyde products, wool carpets and low volatile paints – no nasties here!
  • Café built with 90% sustainable building supplies including many recycled items, with reusable cups and water bottles sold on site!
  • The property has two dams and a creek running through it with a pathway throughout so that guests can get close to nature and enjoy the fields, waterways and wildlife.
  • We love our local community, and partner with local education providers to offer work experience and training for students as well as featuring local artists

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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