Homewood Disposal Tackles Fleet Management

Solid waste and disposal service management company uses Collective Data to save money and streamline its fleet management and asset management process.

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Homewood Disposal (HDS) has grown from a small scavenger service to a full range of solid waste, transportation, recycling, and disposal service company since its inception over 50 years ago in Homewood, Illinois.

Currently operating a variety of fleet vehicles over 1000 assets that range from route trucks to stationary equipment, to trailers, they have been able to take advantage of many real-time aspects of the new fleet management system to improve their operation with work orders, inventory, parts management, and overall asset management.

Overcoming Challenges to Proactively Monitor and Track Fleet Maintenance

At the time they began to look for a fleet management system, Homewood Disposal did not have a fleet software system in place. Many processes were being tracked manually through spreadsheets and other means but it did not have the economic benefit they’d like.

Beyond the standard needs of tracking asset costs, managing preventive maintenance schedules, maintenance costs, and better parts tracking, they knew they would need a system that could adapt to their specific processes. After reviewing software on the market, Collective Data appeared to be the best fit for their organizational goals.

“We felt that Collective Data software had the most versatility for creating and improving reports,” said Kyle Yonker, Fleet Manager at Homewood Disposal. “It was also very expandable to our needs and the multiple types of uses we had planned for it.”

We saved $25,000 in the first 6 months by going through our parts room and returning excess parts.

Solution to provide better Fleet Management with Web-based Technology

collectiveFleet™ was implemented in 2012. To suit their specific needs, the system was also pre-configured with:

  • VMRS Codes
  • Automated Fuel Data Import (Gasboy), fuel management and fuel consumption
  • Extended Asset Management (to manage nonvehicle assets)

“We were not tracking a lot of things prior to this software”, said Yonker. “We have been able to gather valuable data over time and are now getting regular reports such as the frequency of certain repairs, repair costs for specific vehicles, and the number of road calls per year.”

Results of new Fleet Management Software

HDS has seen a number of improvements to its operation and fleet data since the software was implemented. One of the biggest impacts with the new operating system was through the elimination of excess parts after determining minimum and max levels they will need based on their data.

“We saved money in the first 6 months by going through our parts room and returning excess parts equal to about $25,000. We have also been able to extend our maintenance intervals and save money on parts through better price comparison between vendors,” said Yonker.

The flexibility of the Collective Data system has proved to be a beneficial aspect of improving how they manage their fleet operation.

“You can make this system do almost anything you would like,” Yonker said. “We’ve been able to standardize many of our own processes over our multiple locations and hold our vendors more accountable.”

About Homewood Disposal

Homewood Disposal (provides residential, commercial, industrial, special hauling, sweeping, recycling, and portable restroom services to thousands of residential customers and 12,500 commercial customers in 80 communities. Over the years other companies have joined us, including Nuway Disposal, Star Disposal, Kankakee Disposal, Tinley Park Disposal, Heartland Disposal, and Star Disposal of Indiana. No matter which of our names you recognize, we operate under the same loyalty, integrity, and the same trusted teal color.


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