The city of Tempe is hoping to prove wrong the whole idea that money doesn’t grow on trees. Of course, Tempe officials know it doesn’t, but they’re hoping a little cost-effective and socially-conscious recycling will make it seem that way.

With the city council’s approval earlier this month, Tempe is launching a pilot program that will take residents’ green waste (such as trees, shrubs and grass), compost it, and reuse it in the city’s parks and community gardens.

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