Street sweepers and bin men and women samba all the way to Rio!

Taking the lead from the Brazilian street sweeper who was made famous at the Rio Carnival, Veolia’s team showed off similar moves as they salsa’d away to the carnival rhythms. 

The Veolia team came from across all parts of London spanning from Westminster, Lambeth, Southwark and Greenwich and were joined by South American Choreographer Ilai Szpiezak and a glamorous carnival performer to make sure they got their dancing shoes on!

Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for city management, transport and infrastructure, said:
“Veolia’s multi-talented street cleaning teams deserve a trophy of their own for their sterling work keeping Westminster clean 24 hours a day. They have a fantastic record when it comes to clearing up after major events and getting the city back to normal. As World Cup fever hits Westminster, I am confident that once again the team will put the ball in the back of the net.”

Sammy Onyema, Veolia Street Sweeper from Westminster commented “At Veolia we have over 40 different languages spoken just in our London contracts and we wanted to embrace this by truly getting into the World Cup spirit! I never knew I had such good dancing shoes! Maybe next year they’ll even ask us to get involved in the Rio Carnival!”

Ilai Szpiezak, Theatre and Performing Arts Producer commented “I am delighted to be working Veolia to bring together the World Cup spirit to the streets of London. I strongly believe that dance is a celebration and can bring nations together. As I am originally from South America I am delighted to bring a bit of Latin Flavour to the UK! Thanks Veolia!”

The team danced to Samba De Janeiro, Brazil’s famous football song, and encouraged the public to also join in to the party atmosphere!

Join in the conversation on Twitter @VeoliaUK #streetsamba.