Gore System

Sechelt: Gore System for processing compost and turning into soil

All of the waste that comes into Salish Soils – whether it is construction materials, green waste from yards and landscapers, fish product, or biosolids is separated into different streams. This ensures each product we sell is 100% what we advertise.

Our top quality garden soil contains NO biosolids, and is available with or without fish product in the mix. We also offer an organic gardening soil that is fish-free.

All of this means that as a community we are able to divert an incredible amount of material in a mix of waste streams, save the taxpayers of Sechelt a considerable cost in terms of energy or land usage to otherwise manage these streams, and show environmental leadership for both First Nations and small rural communities throughout North America. Most importantly, we are taking full responsibility for the waste we all produce instead of off-loading it on other communities or taking up valuable lands to endlessly expand municipal landfills.

The unique Gore System we use at Salish Soils offers not only 97% odor reduction from conventional windrow, it cooks the materials at 75 degrees celsius for 60 days, creating a superior product you can trust is neutralized into nothing but beautiful, loamy soil. This intensive process means biosolids have passed through TWO extreme processes before it ever heads into landscaping mix suitable for non-edible plants.


Here’s how it works:

The Gore Cover Traps Odors and moisture ensuring a  97% odor reduction from conventional windrow while providing the ideal environment for microbial activity.

The simple design of the Gore Cover System greatly reduces reliance on mechanical systems and offers significant power savings over traditional methods of composting.


The Gore Cover System:

  • Repels water
  • GORE-TEX® membrane Industrial grade tarp
  • Contains odors & humidity
  • Allows CO2 pass through
  • Retains heat
  • Optimizes biological activity



The Gore Cover System is classified as an in-vessel composting system by regulatory authorities and provides the following benefits over comparable technologies:



  • Operations: Optimized operations and a reduction of stage treatment and multiple handling requirements (each heap is moved only twice)
  • Utilities: Positive aeration drastically reduces utility operational costs (less than 1kWh of electricity per tonne of compost). The Gore Cover 2Hp blowers are on for approximately 2 minutes every 10. In comparison, “Negative Aeration Systems” must have their blowers on 24 hours a day 7 days a week to prevent negative odour events
  • Layout: Compact design results in a drastically reduced facility footprint and a 400% improvement in throughput from conventional windrow systems
  • Safety: Micro-porous GORE-TEX® membrane results in a microbe reduction of more than 99%
  • Capital Cost: Very Competitive Project Start-Up Capital & Cycle Operation Costs allow the Gore Cover System to provide organic disposal fees well below landfill waste tip fees.
  • Design Ingenuity: This Gore Cover allows a standard “Aerated Static Pile” to become an in-vessel system through the use of the patented membrane cover (This removes regulatory requirements for an enclosed facility)