MRC conducted a study to estimate the average time between mattress manufacture and consumer disposal. The average age for all units was 13.9 years. Foundations averaged 15.1 years. Innerspring and all-foam mattresses averaged 13.2 years. The results of this study do not necessarily represent the useful life of mattresses and foundations. Several factors besides durability can influence a consumer’s decision to discard a mattress. 

The purpose of the study was to provide stakeholders with data to make informed decisions and develop effective strategies to improve recycling processes, reduce waste and promote sustainability.