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Melbourne Metro YHA and Sustainability

At Melbourne Metro YHA, we’re fully committed to sustainable initiatives and practices and being a responsible, active member of the community. Rest easy each night knowing you’ve chosen one of the most earth-friendly accommodation options in the city.


If you’re looking a way to reduce your footprint as you explore bustling and vibrant Melbourne, book your stay with Melbourne Metro YHA and get involved in their sustainability projects.

YHA Sustainability - Energy


Energy reduction:

  • Solar hot water system: nearly half our hot water is sunshine powered!
  • Low energy and timed lighting: no need for lights on in empty rooms
  • Encouraging public transport: Free tram zone? Yes please!
  • Bike rentals: save your bus money for a beer
YHA Sustainability - Waste

     Waste minimisation:

  • Keep cups for sale: Ditch single-use coffee cups and buy a swanky keep cup on-site (which will also earn you a handy discount in the café!)
  • Co-mingled recycling system: There’s one on each level – no excuses!
  • Dedicated area for unwanted items to be reused: If you don’t want something anymore, leave it with us!
  • Donating old linen: Snooze happily in your cosy sheets – one day, they’ll be keeping dogs warm at the North Melbourne Lost Dogs Home or Vision Australia
  • Composting: Some of your food scraps will be composted, producing a rich fertiliser for the on-site herb garden which all guests are welcome to use
YHA Sustainability - Water

     Water Saving Measures:

  •  Front-loaders: Is it laundry day? Don’t worry - all washing machines are front loading and energy efficient
  • Dual-flush toilets: All toilets are dual-flush, of course!
  • Reusable water bottles for sale: Don’t let the staff catch you bringing single-use water bottles on the premises – instead, use the filtered water fountain available and buy a nifty stainless steel water at the hostel
  • Plastic water bottle tower: You may not think your one plastic water bottle has an impact, but you’ll soon learn otherwise! Our water bottle project will tell you how
YHA Sustainability - Social


    Social Sustainabiliy 

  • Dinner for a donation: On Monday nights, we will cook you dinner for a gold coin donation, which goes to a different charity every week
  • Educational documentaries: After dinner, enjoy sustainable documentary night (free popcorn included!)
  • Penguin habitat restoration: We love penguins so much, you can join us on a monthly penguin habitat restoration program at St Kilda Pier
  • WGAC toilet paper: Who Gives a Crap? We do! WGAC toilet paper is used throughout the hostel – 50 per cent of the profits go towards building toilets in developing countries
  • Regular beach and street clean-ups: Leave Melbourne with that warm and fuzzy feeling you only get from doing good deeds!

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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