YHA Pittwater Eco (Sydney)

YHA Pittwater Eco (Sydney) and Sustainability




Winner of the Northern beaches Local Business award for Sustainability 2013



Pittwater YHA is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and being a responsible community member through a mix of conservation, community support and sustainable practices and services, the hostel has recently completed a solar project.

The hostel has recently installed a solar hot water system in order to help save CO2 emissions and to generate cleaner, renewable energy.

Other initiatives include:

Energy/Greenhouse gas reduction:

Passive solar building with northerly aspect

Low energy lighting used within the hostel

Timer / sensor activated lighting in bathrooms and common areas

Computers turned off at night

Promotion of public transport

Free bike storage

Participate in Earth Hour

Waste Minimisation:

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

Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminium and steel cans and clothing.

All Organic kitchen waste collected and composted on site

Use environmentally friendly cleaning products

Participate in Clean Up Australia

Water Saving measures:

On site rainwater tank supplies all water needs of the hostel

Dual flush toilets

Signage in bathrooms and kitchens encouraging guests to minimise water usage

Drought resistant gardens

Front loader washing machines

Social Sustainability:

Provide work experience for local students

Works with local education providers to

Sponsor local community groups and events e.g. Sailing Club, German International School

Organises volunteer weekends to undertake bush regeneration in the neighbouring National Park.

Promote low impact activities such as bushwalking, sailing, kayaking.

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 2,650 hostels across 57 countries that share the mission of making travel more sustainable & accessible.