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Resident organizes trash pickup for Norcross, Peachtree Corners

A long-time resident of the southwest corner of Gwinnett has a plan to clean up an eyesore along Peachtree Parkway.

Duane Jenkins, who has lived in the area now known as Peachtree Corners since 1985, said he takes daily walks around the Peachtree Parkway and Holcomb Bridge Road area, and is digusted with the litter that includes fast food wrappers and liquor bottles.

So Jenkins has partnered with Master Sgt. Ceeprian Mumpfield of Pinckneyville Middle to find about 20 students to help with the cleanup project, and receive cash, gift cards and coupons from local restaurants and stores. Mumpfield leads the Junior Leadership Corps program, which is designed to “influence students to be self-inspired and motivated to achieve their academic goals, and to be successful, productive leaders who make a difference in their communities.”

The trash pickup will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday when Jenkins said the group would meet at Country Club Apartment Homes at 3256 Metlock Bridge Road. Jenkins said the group would start out at the intersection with Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, then walk toward Peachtree Corners Circle and end along Spalding Drive. The event will culminate with a cook out at the apartment complex.

Along the route, Jenkins said the kids will be recognized by library and fire station personnel.

Jenkins said he has planned similar events for Dec. 28, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Feb. 22, March 29, April 26 and May 17.

The city of Norcross has also donated shovels, brooms and vests for the kids to use while they’re working, Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he doesn’t understand the mentality of motorists who throw things out of their car windows, and he’s frustrated that the same trash has sat there for three years.

“We’re not an organization, we’re people who are sick and tired of looking at trash,” Jenkins said. “We’re going to pick up everything that ain’t growing.”

Jenkins said he wants to instill in the kids the value of volunteerism, ecology and to have “a little walking around money.”

“It’s a never-ending scenario,” Jenkins said. “You either let it sit there or you pick it up, and we’re going to pick it up.”