Disposing of Playmobil trash: Here’s how

Having new Playmobil toys is a very exciting feeling, especially when we start to unbox the new Playmobil Yeti. Replacing old pieces of Playmobil accessories or even broken Playmobil figures can be a problem sometimes because you know deep inside you don’t want to get rid of them. But what do you do with all those plastic toys and boxes when it’s time to let go of them? Here we’ll show you how to dispose of Playmobil trash properly without harming the environment.

Playmobil Trash: How to dispose properly

We all know that Playmobil is a lot of fun – for kids and adults alike. But once we’re done playing with them, it’s important to dispose of them properly. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that Playmobil trash is a big problem.

Playmobil toys are made of plastic, which can take centuries to decompose. They also often contain chemicals, which can leach into the environment and cause harm to animals and humans.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps we can all take to dispose of our Playmobil toys properly. Here we’ll give you ways to dispose of them based on your country.

Playmobil Trash bins with different colors and signs


Before throwing Playmobil trash in one bin, be reminded to segregate them accordingly, as Germany follows strict rules regarding waste segregation. Each kind of trash has its designated color bins. It can be tricky at first since some Playmobil toys are battery-operated, and you might be confused as to which boxes they should go to. No worries, we are here to guide you!

Blue Bin

When throwing away the Playmobil boxes, make sure to place them inside the blue bin. Blue bins are exclusive for all paper trash, which also includes the following:

  • Books/notebooks
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • and other paper packaging items

However, there’s an exception here for milk cartons, pizza boxes, and other to-go food containers, all to be placed in the yellow bins. Be sure to fold or cut the box to save space and remove any adhesive tapes attached before throwing it.

Orange Bin

The Orange bin is where you should throw your Playmobil toys. This bin caters to items made of plastic and aluminum that can be recycled. It is a designated box for plastic toys, including those broken Playmobil toys. Other than toys, other items to be disposed of in Orange bins includes:

  • Aluminum items
  • Plastic baskets and buckets
  • Tools
  • Drink Cartons
  • Cans and cups

Plastic bags used as Playmobil figures packagings are to be placed here as well.

Red Bag

For battery-operated Playmobil toys like remote-controlled Playmobil sets, you must place them inside a red bag before placing them into the Orange bin. If the toy still has batteries, be sure to remove them. You may drop the batteries into collection boxes located at any battery-selling shop.

United States of America

Trash disposal in the US is easier compared to Germany. Many areas, including San Francisco, require residents to segregate waste through their iconic 3-stream collection program that aims to reduce waste through proper disposal. Compared to Germany, it only has 3 color bins which are blue, green, and black.

When disposing of your Playmobil trash, throw them into their designated bins.

Blue Bin

This is where to throw your Playmobil boxes. Blue bins are for all recyclables, such as:

  • Plastic containers
  • Corrugated boxes
  • Box board
  • All non-contaminated paper trash

Flatten the box and keep them clean before throwing them inside the blue bin.

Black Bin

This is where your other Playmobil trash goes, including Playmobil toys and figures. Be sure to bag them before placing them into the bin. In addition, Remember always to remove the battery on all battery-operated Playmobil toys before disposal and drop them off at any recycling station near you.


The same as with the countries mentioned above, Spain do also practice waste segregation. It also has color-coding garbage bins where you can properly place your trash in the correct bins. It won’t be difficult to search for one since they are scattered everywhere in the country. Be sure to take note of this since this may be unfamiliar to you, especially if you are from a different country.

Blue Bin

Blue bins are for your Playmobil boxes. This box is intended for paper and cardboard only. Other trash that can be placed here are the following:

  • Playmobil manuals and other sheets of paper
  • Playmobil catalogs
  • Wrapping paper

Grey Bin

The grey bins are for plastics that cannot be used in making compost. Your Playmobil figure goes here together with its plastic bags.

Special Bin

There are special bins located at most of the market’s main entrances. This is where you’ll drop batteries from your battery-operated Playmobil toys. There are some eco-parks as well that has special bins where you can leave batteries there.

There is no need to worry if you get lost about which Playmobil trash is for what bin since a lot of these bins do have pictures to guide you.

Upcycle Your Playmobil Trash

The very last thing you can do to your Playmobil toys is to throw them. Instead of disposing of your Playmobil trash, why not upcycle them to something unique and creative instead? With a little imagination, those tiny plastic pieces can be turned into all sorts of things!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Turn those tiny plastic Playmobil figures into magnets for your fridge or whiteboard
  2. Make a keychain or bag charm using some of Playmobil’s smaller pieces
  3. Create a paperweight or desktop decoration by gluing together a few larger Playmobil pieces
  4. Fashion a jewelry holder by gluing Playmobil parts onto an old jewelry box or frame

Let your kids use their imaginations to create even more ways to repurpose those beloved toy pieces.

How your Playmobil Trash can help others

Playmobil trash donate to less fortunate kids

As you know, Playmobil is a German toy company that produces high-quality plastic toys and is committed to sustainability. So if your old Playmobil toys are still in good condition, why not donate them to different institutions?

There are plenty of charities and organizations that would love to get their hands on some gently used Playmobil toys. They can use them in their own programs or donate them to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to play with them. Either way, it’s a win-win situation: your old toys get a new lease on life, and somebody in need can enjoy them.

So, before you toss your old Playmobil Fire Trucks in the bin, consider giving it away to someone who will appreciate it. It’s a great way to help the environment and support a good cause.

You can check your area for any organizations that can help you with your donations.


We all have different opinions on what to do with our Playmobil once we’re done with it, but the bottom line is that if you want to dispose of it properly, then following the steps outlined in this blog post is the best way to do it. There are many benefits to properly disposing of Playmobil, including reducing the amount of waste going into landfills and helping to protect the environment. We can all take responsibility for our own personal waste and make sure that we dispose of our Playmobil in the right way. Let’s work together and make sure that Playmobil is disposed of in a way that is both environmentally responsible and respectful.

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