Definitions:


Last Updated: 01/09/2015

Box spring (also commonly called a foundation): A ticking or fabric-covered structure used to support a Mattress or sleep surface, and may be comprised of a frame, foam, springs or other structure, or other materials, used alone or in combination, regardless of whether the product is stationary or adjustable. This includes new, used and renovated products.

Consumer: A person or entity (including, but not limited to, a hotel, dormitory, etc.) that is the ultimate purchaser of a Mattress or Box spring in applicable states.

Institutional Seller: A person or entity that Sells, or offers for sale, a Mattress or Box spring to hotels and other lodging establishments, schools, dormitories, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional institutions, the military, rental companies and other non-residential end-users for use in a state through any means, including, but not limited to, through a physical store, or by remote offering, including sales outlets or catalogs, electronically through the Internet, by telephone, via a television sales channel, or through the mail.

Mattress: Any sleep surface covered with ticking or fabric that contains resilient material, such as steel innersprings, foam, fiber, or other filling or upholstery materials, used alone or in combination, regardless of size or shape, except for those products listed under the Excluded Products List. This includes new, used and renovated products.

Participant: A person or entity that is: a) a Producer, or b) a Retailer.

Producer: A person or entity that: a. Manufactures, Renovates or imports Mattresses or Box springs, and b. Sells, offers for sale, or distributes those Mattresses or Box springs in one or more of the three states that have enacted mattress recycling laws (that is, California, Connecticut or Rhode Island).

Recycling Fee (or Fee): An amount set by MRC that must be collected on each Mattress or Box spring sold to a Consumer in one or more of the three states that have enacted mattress recycling laws (that is, California, Connecticut or Rhode Island).

Renovator: A person or entity that alters a used Mattress or Box spring for later resale by replacing the outer cover or filling, adding filling, rebuilding the used Mattress or Box spring, or replacing components with new or post-Consumer components. This does not include stripping a Mattress or Box spring of its ticking without adding new material, sterilizing or sanitizing the used materials, or altering a Mattress or Box spring for a party that will retain the product for lease, rental or personal use (and not for resale).

Retailer: A person or entity that Sells, or offers for sale, a Mattress or Box spring to a Consumer for use in a state through any means, including, but not limited to, through a physical store, or by remote offering, including sales outlets or catalogs, electronically through the Internet, by telephone, via a television sales channel, or through the mail.

Remitter: A party that is required by state law to collect mattress recycling fees (or their equivalent) and remit those fees to MRC.

Sell: The transfer of title of a Mattress Unit (by a Producer or a Retailer) for consumption by a Consumer in a State, including, but not limited to, through a physical store or by remote offering through sales outlets or catalogs, electronically through the Internet, by telephone, via a television sales channel, or through the mail.

URNs: A Uniform Registry Number (URN) is a registration number for Producers whose products will be sold in the U.S. A URN may be substituted for listing a brand when registering with MRC.