Earth to Earthlings

After heading the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's recycling program for four years, Nancy Hughes has plenty to say about how you can help Mother Earth. At today's School of the Wilds: The Whole Recycling Story, she'll recap her work as the program's director of recycling and compost. "There's always people out there that want to know what happens to all this stuff we recycle," says Hughes. "They want to know where it goes, why can only some things be recycled, who's buying it, and what they are doing with it." The program is designed to teach about the impact of recycling — whether a phone book, cell phone, computer, or paper cup — on both the economy and environment. "Trash isn't waste unless you throw it away. A lot of trash is actually a resource and can be used to make something new," says Hughes. "There's no "away"; we're sending it to someone's backyard somewhere." Learn how to recycle from 2 to 4 this afternoon at Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Road in Solon. Admission is free. Call 440-274-7075 or visit
Sun., Jan. 27, 2-4 p.m., 2008