TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- In an undisclosed location sits close to 1,700 e-scooters, almost all belonging to Bird rideshare based in Santa Monica, California.
Arizona State University has a no e-scooter zone inside most of its Tempe campus, however, students have been ignoring the no e-scooter zones.
When scooters are left behind in the restricted areas, they get impounded and rideshare companies get fined anywhere from $100 to $250 depending on how many times the scooter has been impounded.
According to ASU, Bird is on the hook for $209,000 in fines.
ASU says Bird offered $10,000 to settle the debt but it was rejected. So now the e-scooters sit in a lot waiting to be disposed of.
An e-waste recycler says all those e-scooters are creating an environmental risk if they are not disposed of properly.