YHA Byron Bay

YHA Byron Bay and Sustainability

Sustainability Practices  

Byron Bay YHA is committed to reducing its environmental footprint through a mix of conservation and sustainable practices and services. Initiatives include:  

Energy/Greenhouse gas reduction:

Solar hot water system with gas booster (partially funded by guest contributions to the Hostel Sustainability Fund)

Low energy lighting used in some areas of the hostel

Most computers and monitors turned off at night

Promotion of public transport

Bike rental with free bike storage

Carbon offsetting flights taken for work

Participate in Earth Hour

Electricity usage per guest has dropped over 10% since the installation of a solar hot water system in 2011.

Water Saving measures:

4 star WELS rated taps and 3 star WELS rated showers

Dual flush toilets (3/6 litre)

Signage in bathrooms and kitchens encouraging guests to minimise water usage

Front loader washing machines

Rainwater tank used to water gardens

Drought resistant planting in gardens

Waste Minimisation:

Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas, external areas and office areas.

Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminium and steel cans, batteries and printer cartridges.

Organic waste collected for recycling offsite 

Use recycled paper in office

Sell fabric shopping bags 

Social Sustainability:

Provide work experience opportunities

Member of local tourism organisation

YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to the elders, past and present, and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We recognise their custodianship of the land, sea, & water for over 60,000 years.

YHA Australia is a proud member of Hostelling International - a network of more than 3,000 hostels across 59 countries that share the mission of making travel more sustainable & accessible.