Melbourne Metro YHA

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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.

YHA is a member of Hostelling International
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