Canopies for Quarries and Waste Management

Our wide range of shipping container canopies is proving popular with quarries, waste management and recycling companies, and other users of large machinery.

What is a Container Canopy?Plant Shelter Canopy

Container Canopies are steel frame structures with a flexible PVC sheet fixed over to form a sheltered area between two shipping containers. These are used by many heavy industrial businesses and quarries to keep larger machinery out of the wind and rain and provide sheltered storage and work areas.

Shipping Container Canopies can be used to provide shelter for almost anything! They are smart, durable, and can be taken down and reassembled if you move from one site to another. And with a range of sizes available there are options to suit every use and budget.

Why do I need a Container Canopy?

If you are running a business that involves large plant and machinery, such as a quarry or recycling centre, then a covered outdoor space can be invaluable. Apart from providing shelter from the elements for your machinery. (most canopies can easily accommodate a JCB and other similarly sized equipment). The space can be also be used as a working area, particularly when the weather isn’t playing ball with your plans!

Vehicles can be worked on under shelter. Materials can be stored in dry conditions and day to day tasks can be completed, all sheltered from the wind and rain. They can be used as bulk waste sorting areas, keeping the waste as dry as possible, or as dry storage for aggregate. The containers that support the canopy will also be accessible. This provide even more secure, dry storage. They can be modified if required to allow for a staff canteen, toilets, office space or any other function you may need.

Very Large CanopyWill a container canopy fit my stuff in it?

Container canopies come in a range of widths, and are modular, so can be installed to whatever length you need. So you can choose length as required in multiples of 20ft (circa 6 metres) long. They can span widths between containers at 8, 10, 12, 14 metres wide. The pictured structure was built at 24m long and 20m wide and gave an impressive 5,200 square feet of covered space.

At the other end of the scale, our smallest and cheapest canopy option is just 8m wide and sits between 20ft containers. If you need additional height then the use of high cube containers will give you an extra foot. You can even double stack your containers if needed to raise the roof by a further foot. We have even supplied a canopy that is used as a workshop for mobile cranes!

Which container canopy is right for my needs?

With such a wide range of sizes of canopies available we have canopies to suit almost every application and budget. Please give us a call to discuss your options, or send in an email enquiry. Contact details at the bottom of this page.

Assembly / InstallationAssembling Canopy

You will need at least two containers to mount your canopy on to, in either 20ft or 40ft length. We can quote for these from basic used shipping containers, right up to canteens and waiting rooms if these would be more useful for you. Worth noting that they will need to be ISO containers, cut-down containers and non-ISO storage containers may not be suitable. When using containers for a canopy we would always recommend the use of ground anchor brackets. These reduce the risk of damage to the canopy structure.

The container canopies are designed to be assembled by the customer. You will need 2 or 3 reasonably competent people and access to a cherry picker and tools. Full instructions are provided. Many of our customers choose to hire a local contractor to assist. Alternatively we can quote for on-site assembly on request.


All our canopy options are produced by manufacturers of polytunnels. The guarantees offered vary (as we use 2 different suppliers). Generally the steel frames come with a very long guarantee (up to 80 years!). The material sheeting can be replaced in 2 meter sections. Therefore, any damaged section can easily be removed and renewed if damaged. offer the UK’s largest online range of shipping containers for sale with a nationwide network of storage and conversion yards and crane equipped delivery vehicles.

If you need a shipping container feel free to browse our online range of shipping containers for sale. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 5pm weekdays and our team will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can use our online shipping container quote form or request a telephone callback. In both cases we aim to get back to you within 1-2 working hours (may take longer for more detailed quotes).

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