A great tip to consider for your hostel´s breakfast buffet, is to invest in smaller plates. Psychological studies has proved that we humans also eat with our eyes, and a smaller but fuller plate will give the impression of a bigger meal. It also reduces the chance of people overfilling their plates just because they just can’t decide what to get.
This is of course applicable both for breakfasts and/or if your hostel serves other meals.
Organic waste bins
As smaller plates go, the same thing applies for your organic waste bins. Especially if you serve a buffet where the guests stow away their own plates after use. If you put out smaller bins for organic waste, then the guests will actually notice the amount of food they are themselves throwing away. This has an effect especially in the long run when it comes to guests who are staying over a longer period of time.