Alexa – when do I put my bins out?

Published Date: 

13 Jul 2021 - 11:53
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If you struggle to remember when to put your bins out, you can now call on Alexa to tell you.

This is an additional feature, for those people who already use Alexa at home, and supports our online bin calendar look-up and downloadable calendar. It is part of the council’s ongoing commitment to delivering new and useful digital services.

This 'skill' as it is called by Amazon, allows you to ask your smart device when your council bins will next be collected.  We will be adding other council-related information to the service over the next year.

What You Need to Access this Service

You will need:

  • An Amazon account
  • A smartphone/tablet or an Amazon Alexa device

How to Set Up Alexa on Your phone or tablet (if you do not already have an Alexa device)

  1. Go to the Apple app store or Google Play Store on your device.
  2. Search for the Amazon Alexa app.
  3. Tap install. Wait for the app to download and install.
  4. Open the Alexa app and follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. Log in using the username and password for your Amazon account.

Add the Argyll and Bute council 'skill' to your Alexa Device

You can add the skill through the Amazon website, or in the Alexa App

In the Alexa App

  • Click on the 'browse skills' button.
  • Search for 'Argyll and Bute council', the skill should be the first result.
  • Click enable and follow any on screen instructions

On the Amazon website

Visit the Amazon website and sign in with your Amazon Account.