Limex and Royal FloraHolland open sustainable packaging cleaning station

The new Limex packaging cleaning station at Royal FloraHolland in Aalsmeer has been operational since 5 June 2019. Thanks to the new cleaning station, clean packaging is always available, even during the peak periods.

The service and the newly developed washing lines of Limex take place in a cleaning hall including an extensive climate installation, which was set up sustainably by Royal FloraHolland. The new cleaning station is fully automated and can wash all types of flower packaging. Thanks to this modernization, there is always enough clean packaging available. Even during the peak periods.

Sustainable cleaning process
The need for optically and microbiologically clean packaging has continued to grow in recent years. Nowadays, the techniques of packaging cleaning have been further modernized. With these new techniques, Limex was able to achieve a sustainable cleaning process. Stickers are removed with lower pressure, which results in several savings, such as:

  • 33% less water annually
  • 10-15% less electricity (260,000 KWh) equals the annual consumption of 70 families
  • 30% less thermal energy

With these steps, Royal FloraHolland and Limex contribute to a more sustainable future for the floriculture industry, in which flowers and plants are grown and traded with respect for the people and the environment.

51 million packaging units
The new packaging cleaning machines in Aalsmeer clean 51 million packaging units per year. During the peak, this can increase to 1.4 million packaging units per week. With further improvements of the packaging cleaning technique, this number may increase further to 155 million cleaned packaging units across all locations in 2028.

Source: Royal FloraHolland

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