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.

[WATCH: Caught Misbehaving: Pile of e-scooters sitting in Tempe]

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.      

Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.

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