The National Bed Federation, the trade association representing UK (and Irish) bed manufacturers and their component suppliers, has published its second report on the fate of mattresses at the end of their usable life.

The ‘2016 End of Life (EoL) Mattress Report’ provides quantified levels of recycling as well as indicating industry trends within the area. The report has been produced on behalf of the NBF by environmental consultants Oakdene Hollins.

The reports makes a number of recommendations to help promote and develop the sector, as well as identifying new quality standards for the processing of secondary materials.

Tony Lisanti, group chief executive of the Airsprung Furniture Group and chair of the NBF Recycling Group, said: “We hope this document will become the prime repository, by some considerable way, for ‘academic’ research into this area and that anyone seriously interested in the matter of mattress recycling will naturally be guided to the NBF.

“We expect this work to allow us to engage meaningfully with legislators, ensuring our thoughts are properly considered when legislation in this area is drawn up – as it inevitably will be in future.”

An in-depth article in Beds Magazine explores the report in greater detail, which is due for publication in September.