The cleanup is now underway at the Pondview Recycling facility in East Providence. On Tuesday, the facility's landowner began the process of shipping materials off-site to a landfill in Ohio.
Back in 2012, Pond View's owner, TLA, went under, but the facility's waste was left behind. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will supervise the facility's clean-up, which is expected to be complete within 60 days.
The move follows a number of complaints from residents who live along the waterfront near the facility.
"It semells like rotten eggs so you can't keep your windows open," says June Sullivan who lives across the pond from the Pond View plant.
Sullivan says she has made a number of complaints about noise, foul odors and debris in the pond. The department of environmental management told ABC6 that none of its inspections have turned up hazardous materials or violations of environmental rules.
"The neighbors, they'll say there's seven thousand complaints, but not one of them is valid," says Ken Foley, Pond View's land owner. Foley says once the site is cleared, he plans to resume the recycling operation under his own business.