Overseas governments regulate overpackaging problems by imposing laws that limit packaging and make manufacturers responsible for recycling waste generated from their products. Asked for a solution to the overpackaging problem in Hong Kong, Friends of the Earth (HK) director Edwin Lau Che-feng urged the government to implement a product-responsibility bill as soon as possible. The legislation was supposed to be tabled in the Legislative Council last year but has been postponed until April. The Environmental Protection Department says the law requires manufacturers or importers to be responsible for the waste management of their products, while consumers have to help in the recovery and recycling process and share the cost of proper disposal of products that cannot be recycled. 'Overseas experience shows manufacturers are forced to design packaging that is simple and recycle-friendly under the law,' Mr Lau said. Jurisdictions including the mainland, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Germany and Canada have introduced regulations against over-packaging. South Korea restricts the ratio of product to packaging and prohibits the use of foam and PVC.