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Recycling and trash Information Available on Alexa and Google Home

January 11, 2018

Mobile, Ala. -- You can now find your garbage, trash and recycling information completely hands-free. The City of Mobile's free app Recycle Coach is now available on Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

Set up is simple. For Amazon Alexa, follow the instructions HERE for enabling the Recycle Coach skill on your Alexa device. Once you have the skill enabled, you can ask waste and recycling questions.

To get started on Google Assistant, just tell Google "Okay Google, talk to Recycle Coach." Once you invoke the Recycle Coach action on compatible devices including Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, and Google Assistant apps for Android and iOS, you can start firing away your questions.

The City launched Recycle Coach in November to provide recycling and waste information including your custom garbage collection schedule, real-time news updates and a Report-A-Problem feature. The free app is available for download from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

"Now, all of the information you need to recycle or dispose waste is at your fingertips and at the tip of your tongue," said Mayor Stimpson. "In the past, the City has simply not devoted enough resources or attention to recycling, but that is no longer the case. Our ultimate goal is to create a more robust recycling program while eliminating litter throughout our City.When recycling is more convenient and less confusing, more people recycle and people who recycle are less tolerant of litter."

This hands-free feature is the latest in a series of efforts to improve recycling in the City of Mobile. In October, the City launched a new curbside recycling program for LODA businesses. Last April, the City transitioned to single stream recycling opening two new recycling locations near the Mobile Museum of Art in the parking lot of the City's Western Administrative Complex and behind Police Headquarters off Pinehill Drive. The hours of operation are from 7 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday through Sunday.

All recyclable material can be placed in one container at each location and sorting of recyclable material will no longer be required. Accepted Recyclable Material include Glass, Newspaper & Inserts, Cardboard, Magazines & Catalogs, Junk Mail & Envelopes, Paper Bags & Phone Books, Colored Papers, Aluminum Cans & Lids, Tin/Steel Cans & Lids, Metal Pots & Pans, Pet Food Cans, Plastic Produce Clamshells, Plastic Milk Jugs, Cereal Boxes, Foil Baking Pans, Cardboard Egg cartons, Dry Pet Food Bags, Pizza Boxes, Tin Foil, Plastic Bottles and Plastics No. 1-7.