A container for waste in front of the Leeuwenborch building caused a stir on Monday 23 April. Bystanders couldn’t understand why so much furniture still in good condition was being thrown away.
According to the assistant manager of the building, Sjaak Alderliesten, the tables from the lecture theatre were no longer usable. ‘Some were broken or did not meet health and safety standards. The things had been sitting in the basement for a year. After the renovations we asked if anyone wanted anything, but there was litle response,’ said Alderliesten, who says that to the best of his knowledge everything has been dealt with as it should, and at last there’s more storage space in the basement.
Langanki thinks that the university is showing double standards. ‘They preach sustainability, but don’t practise it themselves. They could have easily arranged a day when people could come and collect stuff for free. Perhaps that’s an idea for other buildings where things are left behind after the move?’