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Melbourne Metro YHA and Sustainability

Melbourne Metro 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:

Energy Conservation

  • Low energy lighting
  • Free bike storage to encourage sustainable transport
  • Promotion of public transport use and reusable MYKI system
  • Solar hot water system
  • Unused devices turned off at night
  • Sensor/timed lighting in bathrooms
  • Reduced hall way lighting

Waste Minimisation

  • Co-mingled recycling system in use on every level of hostel
  • Recycled paper used for printing
  • Refillable stainless steel water bottles for sale
  • Reusable coffee cups for sale 
  • Guests receive a discount on coffee in cafe when using a reusable coffee cup
  • Water fountain/bubblers available to refill water bottles
  • Rooftop herb and veggie garden for guest use
  • Biodegradeable bin liners throughout the hostel
  • Compost bins/worm farm
  • Cartridge and battery recycling
  • Dedicated area for unwanted guets items to be reused

Water Conservation

  • Water efficient appliances
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Instant hot water urn
  • Front loading washing machines

Social Sustainability and Education

  • Sustainable volunteer role
  • Monday night sustainable documentary nights
  • Water bottle project educating guests on the impact of plastic bottles
  • Partnership with Port Phillip Eco Centre which involves guests participating in a monthly penguin habitat restoration program at St Kilda Pier, as well as a monthly Queen Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens Eco tour
  • Regular beach clean ups
  • Wednesday night charity dinners (gold coin donation is required, chosen charity rotates weekly)
  • Participation and promotion of external sustainable events such as Earth Hour
  • Educational signage throughout the hostel
  • Who Gives A Crap toilet paper used throughout the hostel
  • Regular donations of old linen to North Melbourne Lost Dogs Home and Vision Australia (for seeing eye dogs)
  • Regular donations of unwanted guest clothing to Salvation Army

YHA and sustainability

Sustainable Travel

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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